The upper part of the Kashmir Valley received another snowfall of the season, while the plains were hit by heavy rains on Sunday.
The Srinagar meteorological office had predicted rain and snow until late at night and an improvement in the weather from Monday.
Due to snowfall, the Srinagar-Gurez and Srinagar-Ladakh roads were closed to traffic. However, vehicles were moving on the Srinagar-Jammu national road.
Since early in the morning, the Kashmir plains began to receive precipitation, while the upper parts received light to moderate snowfall.
The tourist resorts of Gulmarg and Sonmarg were also covered with a blanket of snow. Srinagar and other rural townships experienced rains throughout the day which caused the temperature to drop sharply.
Zojilla Pass on the Srinagar-Leh National Highway has been closed to traffic due to snowfall in the area. In addition, Minimarg and Dras in the Ladakh region also received snowfall.
“Due to bad weather conditions and snowfall at Zojila Pass, movement of vehicles from Srinagar to Kargil and vice versa on NH1D is suspended / abandoned. All persons, travelers, drivers and tourists should avoid traveling on scheduled days and contact the Kargil Police Control Room for further information and updates (sic), ”Ladakh Police said in a statement. tweet.
MeT director Sonum Lotus said depending on weather conditions, the rains in the plains and snow in the upper parts will continue until late at night. “From tomorrow there will be an improvement in weather conditions and there is no forecast of heavy snowfall for the next 10 to 12 days,” Lotus added.
Meanwhile, Srinagar and other parts of Kashmir recorded another cold night, but the nighttime temperature improved compared to previous nights.
Srinagar recorded 0.6 ° C, Pahalgam recorded 2.7 ° C while Gulmarg recorded -1.4 ° C temperature. The town of Kupwara in North Kashmir recorded 1.6 ° C, Leh shivered at – 3.6 ° C and Dras observed a temperature of – 5.1 ° C.
Winter conditions in the valley set in well before the onset of extremely difficult weather conditions which typically begin around the third week of December.
Chillai Kalan, the 40-day harsh winter period in Kashmir, begins on December 21 of each year. Parts of southern Kashmir received snow in late October, causing damage to fruit growers, who had not harvested their harvest.
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