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Snowfall in higher reaches of Kashmir, rains lash plains

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Weather improves, likely to remain dry for next 4 days

Water-logged Amar Singh College punctures the balloon of the tall claims of concerned agencies regarding “efficient and prompt dewatering of water-logged areas.” Photo/Javed Khan

Srinagar: Many areas in the higher reaches of Kashmir, including the tourist destination of Gulmarg, received fresh snowfall on Wednesday, while the plains were lashed by rains.

Gulmarg in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district recorded over one feet of fresh snowfall on Tuesday night, the officials said.

They said intermittent snowfall continued in Gulmarg on Wednesday morning.

Other areas in the higher reaches of the Valley, including Sonamarg, in central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district, and Pahalgam, in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district, also received fresh snowfall, they added.

In Bandipora district of north Kashmir, Gurez and Razdhan Pass recorded nine and 19 inches of snow, respectively.

According to the officials, in Kupwara district, also in the north, Sadhna Top and Z-Gali recorded about one feet of fresh snow, while about six inches were recorded in other areas in Karnah and Keran.

The officials said the plains in the Valley, including the summer capital Srinagar, were lashed by rains, which continued for the third consecutive day on Wednesday, causing water-logging in many areas.

However, the weather improved by Wednesday evening and Meanwhile, although the weather remained cloudy throughout the day, but the conditions improved in the afternoon.

Director Meteorological department (MeT), Sonum Lotus said that they are expecting four-day dry spell from March 25 till March 28. He said that that light rains would occur on March 29 while the whole week would be possibly dry as there is no forecast of any major system.

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