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Nature’s glory: Srinagar gets first snowfall of the season

The snowfall started at the higher reaches of the Valley as cold waves gripped the area due to incessant rainfall. All the weather stations in the Valley has thus witnessed around 10-degree drop in the normal temperature

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Srinagar in Jammu and Kashmir received the season's first snowfall Saturday as cold waves gripped the Valley due to continuous downpour. (Express Photo by Shuaib Masoodi)

Snow in Kashmir has hit the fruit and horticulture industry, with the Valley’s top trade body pegging the damage at Rs 500 crore. (Source: PTI)

The snowfall, which began on Saturday, has damaged fruit crop in several parts of the Valley, with fruit associations saying that around 20 percent of the crops was unharvested. (Source: PTI)

Authorities have said they are in the process of assessing the damage to apples orchards. (Source: PTI)

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The snowfall started at the higher reaches of the Valley and brought down the maximum temperature in Kashmir, reported PTI. (Express Photo by Shuaib Masoodi)

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All weather stations across the Valley Friday recorded a fall of around 10 degrees Celsius from the normal day temperatures for this time of the year. (Express Photo by Shuaib Masoodi)

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Last year, Srinagar received its first snowfall of the season in December. 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. (Express Photo by Shuaib Masoodi)

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This year, the Valley got its first snow a month earlier as incessant rainfall brought down the temperature there. (Express Photo by Shuaib Masoodi)

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Other parts of Jammu & Kashmir too are experiencing heavy snowfall for past couple of days. (Express Photo by Shuaib Masoodi)

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Over three feet of snow had accumulated in the high altitude Peer Ki Gali stretch along the Mughal road, connecting the twin districts of Rajouri and Poonch in Jammu with south Kashmir Shopian, reported PTI. (Express Photo by Shuaib Masoodi)

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According to PTI, over 120 persons, mostly truckers, were rescued from the stretch in a rescue operation by traffic police that continued till 3am on Saturday. (Express Photo by Shuaib Masoodi)

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The rescued people, mostly truckers and their helpers, were initially brought to an Army camp at Pasana, where they were provided food. (Express Photo by Shuaib Masoodi)

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The Mughal road usually remains closed for winter owing to heavy snowfall in Peer Ki Gali area. (Express Photo by Shuaib Masoodi)