Fresh snowfall at Zojila and Sonamarg
Rains lash rest of Valley
Srinagar, Mar 14: Zojila and Sonamarg areas of central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district on Wednesday received fresh snowfall.
An official said that so far seven inches of fresh snow has accumulated at Zojila and around four inches at Sonamarg.
He said that the snow has been already cleared from the road at Sonamarg market and the process is on to clear the snow from the Srinagar-Leh highway.
A BRO official said if weather allows, the snow clearance process will soon touch the zero point at KM-108 of Srinagar-Leh highway to facilitate the re-opening of the highway.
According to BRO officials because of less snowfall Srinagar-leh highway will open early this year as compared to last year when the highway was opened in May.
Meanwhile, rains in plains and fresh snowfall in higher reaches of Kashmir today brought down day temperature across the Valley by several degrees.
Intermittent rains lashed most parts of the Kashmir Valley since early morning while the higher reaches received fresh snowfall, officials said.
Kupwara, which received 12.8 mm of rains from 8.30 am to 5.30 pm, recorded a maximum temperature of 7.2 degrees Celsius against a normal of 14.2 degrees Celsius for this time of the year, an official of the MeT department said.
According to a meteorological department official, Srinagar recorded a high of 11 degrees Celsius and received 1.3 mm rainfall during the day.
The other weather stations in the Valley, including in Gulmarg and Pahalgam, also recorded a drop of maximum temperatures by around three degrees.
The weatherman has forecast more rains in the Valley in the next two days.