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Higher reaches in Kashmir witness light snowfall, rains lash plains

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Barring 22/23 Jan, weather to remain dry till Jan end

Srinagar: Valley’s main ski resort, Gulmarg and some other places in the higher reaches of Kashmir received fresh snowfall, while light rains lashed many areas including Srinagar in the plains on Wednesday, even as the minimum temperature in most parts of the valley settled above the freezing point, officials said.

Gulmarg received light fresh snowfall of about 1.2 cm, the officials said, adding, there were reports of snowfall in some other areas in the higher reaches of the valley.

Most areas in the plains of the valley including Srinagar were lashed by rains which continued at many places when the last reports came in, the officials said.

The overcast conditions led to an increase in the minimum temperature at most places of Kashmir, they said.

The minimum temperature in Srinagarsettled at a low of 2.7 degrees Celsius, up from the previous night’s 1.1 degrees Celsius, the officials said.

Gulmargrecorded a low of minus 6 degrees Celsius, same as the previous night while as Pahalgam recorded a low of minus 1.9 degrees Celsius, down from the previous night’s minus 0.7 degrees Celsius, they said.

The twin tourist resorts were the only place in the valley which experienced the sub-zero night temperature last night.

The officials said Qazigundrecorded the minimum of 1.3 degrees Celsius, while the nearby south Kashmir town of Kokernag recorded a low of 0.2 degrees Celsius.

The minimum temperature in Kupwara in north Kashmir settled at a low of 1.2 degrees Celsius.

The MET Office has said the weather will remain partly to generally cloudy in both regions of J&K with the possibility of light rain/snow at scattered places over the next 24 hours.

A spell of light rain or snow is likely during January 22-23, but thereafter, the weather is likely to stay mainly dry till the end of the month and there is no forecast of any major rain or snow till the end of January, it said.

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