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Snowfall, rains end over month-long dry spell
Posted 12 Dec 2017 05:14 PM

Agencies
Over a month-long dry spell in Jammu and Kashmir ended today with the higher reaches receiving fresh snowfall while the plains were lashed by rains, leading to a rise in minimum temperature at most places across the Valley and Ladakh region.
The nearly 300-km highway, the only all weather road linking Kashmir with rest of the country, was closed for vehicular traffic from 5 pm in view of continuous heavy rainfall at Banihal, Ramban and Patnitop and snowing at both sides of Jawahar Tunnel for the safety of passengers, the spokesman said.
Many areas in the higher reaches of Kashmir received fresh snowfall during the night, the Meteorological (MeT) Department officials said.
They said Gulmarg, the famous ski-resort in north Kashmir, recorded 15 cm (about six inches) of fresh snowfall till 8:30 am this morning.
The officials said light snowfall was also recorded at the other famous health resort of Pahalgam in south Kashmir.
Srinagar recorded a minimum temperature of 3.1 degrees Celsius, up by over four degrees from the previous night’s minus 1.2 degrees Celsius, the official said, adding that the city received 4.3 mm of rainfall during the night.
The minimum temperature across the Jammu region rose by several notches to settle above average during this part of the season as the city and other plains were lashed by rains.
Jammu city had last witnessed light rains on November 15 after over two months of dry spell.
They said the night temperature in Jammu city, which recorded 6.4 mm of rainfall till 0830 hours, settled two degrees above normal at 11.6 degrees Celsius against the previous nights 9.4 degrees Celsius.
The mercury at all other places in the valley settled above the freezing point.
The resort recorded a low of minus 2.4 degrees Celsius over two degrees down from the previous night’s zero degrees Celsius.
They said the night temperatures in Srinagar stayed above the freezing point after 12 days.
The night temperature at Qazigund, in south Kashmir, increased by over six degrees from minus 2.1 degrees Celsius the previous night to settle at a low of 4.0 degrees Celsius.
The MeT officials said Kokernag town recorded a low of 3.1 degrees Celsius, up from 0.8 degrees Celsius the previous night.
Kupwara town in north Kashmir registered a low of 1.9 degrees Celsius compared to the previous night’s minus 2.4 degrees Celsius, they said.
The health resort of Pahalgam — which serves as one of the base camps for the annual Amarnath Yatra – registered the minimum temperature of 1.5 degrees Celsius as against minus 2.1 degrees Celsius the previous night, the officials said.
Leh continued to be the coldest recorded place in the state as the mercury settled at a low of minus 3.7 degrees Celsius last night, which though, was an increase of over six degrees from minus 9.7 degrees Celsius the previous night, they said.
The nearby Kargil town recorded a low of 0.1 degrees Celsius over nine degrees up from the previous night’s minus 9.2 degrees Celsius, the officials said.

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