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Snow in upper reaches, rain in plains bring winter chill in Kashmir

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Season's first snowfall shuts Bandipora-Gurez road

Srinagar: Snow in upper reaches and rainfall in plains has brought the extended summer in Kashmir to an end as the mercury dropped several notches on Monday, officials said.

Snowfall was witnessed at Affarwat in Gulmarg tourist resort and other mountainous areas while rains lashed almost the entire Valley for several hours since Sunday evening, they said.

The maximum temperature recorded in Srinagar on Sunday fell by over two degrees to settle at 24.4 degrees Celsius, while the minimum temperature on Sunday night was below 10 degrees Celsius.

The downpour has ended an extended summer which saw the maximum day temperature hover around 30 degrees Celsius till the start of October this year.

The weatherman has forecast the possibility of light rain in Kashmir over the next 24 hours with another western disturbance likely to hit the Valley on October 16 and 17.

Meanwhile, the season’s first snowfall in Gurez valley of north Kashmir’s Bandipora district has shut the Bandipora-Gurez road due to its slippery condition.

As per the officials, Gurez valley’s Dissan, a high altitude hamlet received snowfall while the plains were lashed with rains, which continued throughout the night.

The snowfall on Razdan Top and other adjoining areas on Monday morning has triggered the closure of Bandipora-Gurez road, officials said.

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