Kashmir receives fresh snowfall today

Srinagar: Many parts of Kashmir, including Srinagar, received fresh snowfall on Saturday, the second in this week, even as the minimum temperatures increased due to an overcast sky, officials said.

The snowfall began in the morning in Srinagar city and other towns of the Kashmir valley and continued for the rest of the day.

The meteorological centre at Srinagar has predicted moderate to-heavy snowfall in the valley in the next 24 hours.

MeT said there is a possibility of light to moderate snow or rain at most places on Sunday with chances of heavy snowfall over isolated higher reaches of South Kashmir and adjoining areas and gradual improvement thereafter.

It also predicted that plains of Jammu may receive light to moderate rain with thunder and lightning.

There will be partly to generally cloudy weather with possibility of light snow over isolated higher reaches on Monday, MeT said, adding the weather is likely to improve from February 6.

Meanwhile, after the mercury took a deep dive on Friday night, the Kashmir valley had some respite from cold conditions on Saturday.

Kashmir had witnessed extreme drop of temperature on Friday night with some towns recording the coldest night in the past 16 years.

The meteorological centre also said the minimum temperature across the Kashmir valley stayed several degrees below the freezing point today.

The famous skiing destination Gulmarg resort in north Kashmir remained the coldest place in the Valley with mercury falling to a low of -10.6°C.

The overnight temperature in Srinagar was -1.7°C .

The minimum temperature in the southern gateway town of Qazigund in south Kashmir was recorded at -5.4°C, while the frontier Kupwara town in north Kashmir recorded a low of -2.4°C.

The drop in night temperature has come even as the 40-day long winter’s coldest period ended in the region earlier this week.

UNI

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