Snow lashes higher reaches, rainfall in plains
Mercury dips more than 10 degrees below normal
Srinagar: Moderate snowfall in the famous tourist resort of Gulmarg and higher reaches of Kashmir Friday saw the mercury plunging by 10 degrees in the Valley as the residents braced for a long period of cold this year after a relatively dry winter last year.
Moderate snowfall was witnessed in Gulmarg, where nearly six inches of snow has accumulated, while snowfall was heavier in the higher mountain reaches at many places in the Valley, officials said.
The officials said Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, received rainfall throughout the day, bringing a sharp decline in the maximum temperature.
Srinagar city recorded a maximum temperature of 8.6 degrees Celsius, which was 10.7 degrees below the normal for this time of the year, an official of the Meteorological (MeT) department said.
Gulmarg, the north Kashmir skiing resort, recorded a high of 0.4 degrees Celsius, a drop of nearly 12 degrees for this time, the official said.
He said the sudden drop in the day temperature was one of the reasons behind early snowfall.
All other weather stations in the Valley also saw the day temperature drop around 10 degrees Celsius below normal, with Kokernag in south Kashmir recording a deviation of 9.2 degrees Celsius below normal.
The snowfall and rains in the Valley has brought an early winter chill, forcing the people to bring out woolens earlier than expected.
Tourism industry players are also upbeat that a good snowfall this winter will boost the arrivals to the Valley.