Srinagar, Dec 8: Rains lash plains while upper reaches witnessed a fresh snowfall in Kashmir on Tuesday.
Temperature witnessed a dip after the fresh rain and snowfall.
A MeT official told KNT that the the upper reaches in Kashmir received fresh snowfall since Monday night while there is a prediction for more snow and rains in next 24 hours.
The MeT official said that majority of the tourist resorts including Gulmarg, Sonmarg, Pahalgam witnessed fresh snowfall. He said snowfall was also recorded in the frontier Gurez valley in North Kashmir’s Bandipora district.
Due to fresh snowfall, Srinagar-Leh Highway and Mughal road was closed for traffic while strategic Srinagar-Jammu Highway remained through for vehicular movement.
According to MeT, Srinagar recorded a minimum temperature of 2.4 degrees Celsius. Gulmarg registered a low of minus 2.4 degrees Celsius and was the coldest recorded place in the Valley, the oicial said. The night temperature at Pahalgam resort, which also serves as one of the base camps for the annual Amarnath yatra in south Kashmir, settled at a low of minus 2.3 degrees Celsius. Leh town in the cold desert Ladakh region was the coldest recorded place in the two union territories with a low of minus 4.4 degrees Celsius.
Meanwhile, in the wake of an orange warning, authorities advised commuters to avoid travel on highways vulnerable to vagaries of weather. Avalanche warning has also been issued for people living in the higher reaches of Baramulla, Kupwara, Bandipora, Ganderbal and Ramban districts.