Monday, February 13, 2012

Fresh snowfall in upper reaches

Fresh snowfall occurred in some parts of the valley on Sunday.Snowfall and rain occurred at Gulmarg, Pahalgam, Kupwara and at other higher reaches.  Rainfall was recorded at Srinagar and its adjoining areas. Light rainfall occurred at Srinagar-Jammu national highway as well.

Till this morning Srinagar received 1.1mm of rainfall, Pahalgam 10 cms of snowfall; Kupwara recorded 7.7 mm of rain and snow while Gulmarg received four inches of snowfall.

Precipitation dipped the temperatures by few notches across Kashmir.  Srinagar recorded minimum temperatures of 1.1 degree Celsius, Qazigund  1.0 degrees, Kokernag minus 0.3 while Gulmarg recorded lowest of minus 6.5 degree Celsius.

  Rainfall and snow is predicted for higher reaches and rainfall for plain areas.“At places like Gulmarg, there is a possibility of one foot snow,” said Sonum Lotus, director meteorological department.He said the circulation of western disturbances around the valley is causing rain and snowfall. Weather is likely to improve from 14th February.

“From February 14 it will get better till February 18,” said Sonum. Precipitation has gripped Kashmir in cold again after few warm sunny days. Jammu-Srinagar national highway also remained open for vehicular movement.

Nonetheless, the gloomy weather did not affect Sunday market today. Most shops along Lal Chowk and Residency road also remained open. The rush of customers could also be seen in the market.“Despite it being a cold day today, we did good business. We had put out our stalls early morning,” said Mohammad Hussain, a street vendor, selling shoes.

He said the people from other district also traveling to shop at the Sunday market. “I had to buy some blanket for home. So came here to shop at Sunday market,” said Parveena from Bemina.

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