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Srinagar receives season’s first snowfall, brings cheer to city facing a dry spell

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted more rainfall in Jammu and Kashmir and snowfall in the higher reaches of the state in the next few days.

Srinagar receives season's first snowfall
Visuals of Srinagar covered with snow (Source: ANI Twitter)

Srinagar on Tuesday recorded the first snowfall of this season as most areas in the Valley and its plains received overnight snow, providing much-needed relief from the intense cold as the mercury rose due to cloud cover.

The snowfall brought cheers to the city which was facing a dry spell. The city registered a minimum temperature of 3.1 degree Celsius on Monday, which was up by three degrees from normal.

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted more rainfall in Jammu and Kashmir and snowfall in the higher reaches of the state in the next few days. According to Skymet Weather, an active Western Disturbance is currently moving across the state and due to this the higher reaches of the Valley have already witnessed some rain and snow.

From Sunday morning to Monday afternoon, several parts of the state witnessed rainfall: Gulmarg at 17.2 mm, Banihal at 7 mm , Srinagar at 4.3 mm, Katra at 10.6 mm, Jammu at 6.4 mm, and Qazi Gund at 4 mm.

Not only this, Leh region witnessed heavy snowfall. As a result, the Mughal road linking South Kashmir and Jammu region has been closed. The nearly 300-km highway, the only all weather road linking Kashmir with the rest of the country, was closed as a precautionary measure in view of heavy rainfall at Banihal, Ramban and Patnitop and snowfall on both sides of the Jawahar Tunnel.

The Srinagar-Leh highway was from Sunday closed for the winter months. The Jammu-Srinagar National Highway was today closed for traffic because of snowfall.

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There was very heavy snowfall in hills of Doda, Kishtwar, Ramban, Kathua, Rajouri, Reasi and Poonch districts of Jammu region. As result of which some inter-district and inter-state roads have been closed due to snowfall for traffic. Jammu yesterday recorded the lowest day temperature as the mercury nosedived by almost nine notches amid incessant rains to settle nine degrees below normal during this part of the season.

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Snow shrouds Kharapathar in HimachalPradesh’s Shimla (Source: ANI Twitter)
Solang valley in Himachal Pradesh’s Manali receives fresh snowfall (Source: ANI Twitter)

These weather activities are expected to continue until December 14.

With PTI inputs