1cm Snowfall In Gulmarg, Rains Drench J&K Plains
Mercury Plummets Below Normal At Most Places, MeT Predicts More Rains In 24 Hours
Srinagar, April 20 (GNS): Upper reaches including Gulmarg received fresh snowfall while intermittent rains lashed plains, bringing mercury down in Jammu and Kashmir, officials said on Thursday.
A meteorological department official here told GNS that in the last 24 hours till 0830 hours this morning, Srinagar received 28.3mm of rain, Qazigund 68.0mm, Pahalgam 43.7mm, Kokernag 36.8mm, Gulmarg 40.4mm (also 1 cm of snow), Jammu 0.2mm, Banihal 41.1mm, Batote 46.8mm, Bhaderwah 20.0mm, Katra 1.8mm, and Kathua 4.0mm.
The MeT office has forecast “widespread light to moderate rain/thunderstorm/snow (over upper reaches) in Jammu and Kashmir during next 24 hours and “decrease in precipitation” during the subsequent two days.
Regarding temperature, the MeT official said that Srinagar recorded a low of 7.9°C against 10.3°C on the previous night and it was normal for the summer capital.
Qazigund, he said, recorded a low of 7.2°C against 9.2°C on the previous night and it was 0.7°C above normal for the gateway town of Kashmir.
Pahalgam, he said, recorded a low of 2.6°C against 5.4°C on the previous night and it was 0.8°C below normal for the famous tourist resort in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district.
Kokernag recorded a low of 6.2°C against 8.3°C on the previous night and it was 0.3°C below normal for the place, the officials said.
Gulmarg recorded a low of minus 0.6°C against 2.0°C on the previous night and it was 2.9°C below normal for the world famous skiing resort in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, he said.
In Kupwara town, he said, the mercury settled at 6.7°C against 7.1°C on the previous night and it was 0.1°C below normal for the north Kashmir area.
Jammu recorded a low of 18.5°C against 17.4°C on the previous night. It was 1.4°C below normal for J&K’s winter capital, he said.
Banihal, he said, recorded a low of 8.5°C (above normal by 0.1°C), Batote 9.1°C (below normal by 2.3°C), Katra 16.2°C (0.9°C below normal) and Bhadarwah 8.9°C (1.7°C above normal). Ladakh’s Leh also received 1 cm of snowfall during the time and recorded a low of minus 1.5°C, he said. Kargil recorded a low of minus 0.4°C, the officials added. (GNS)