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Gulmarg hills receive snowfall, rains lash plains

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Fresh snowfall forces closure of Mughal road

Srinagar: The higher reaches of the popular ski-resort Gulmarg in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district received snowfall on Tuesday evening while the plains were lashed by rains.

A meteorological department official told KNO that the Affarwat hills in Gulmarg received 2 inches of snowfall in the evening while plains at several places were lashed by rains resulting in cold weather conditions.

He said that light to moderate rain and snowfall over high reaches at isolated places was expected today and at scattered places of Jammu and Kashmir on October 19-20.

He however said that there’s no forecast of any major snowfall for the next one week to 10 days in J&K and Ladakh.

The other upper reaches that received fresh snowfall include Sinthan Top, Mughal road and Zojilla.

Deputy Director MeT, Mukhtar Ahmad told KNO that as the Western Disturbance affected J&K today, some higher reaches received fresh snowfall and as per the forecast another Western Disturbance is affecting the parts of Union Territory tomorrow.

“There is a possibility of fresh light snow/rainfall tomorrow (October 19) and on October 20 as well,” he said, adding that the weather would improve from October 20 afternoon gradually.

Meanwhile, the fresh snowfall also led to the closure of Mughal road, connecting Shopian with Poonch and Rajouri districts this evening.

“We have closed the road for vehicular traffic due to slippery road conditions in view of the snowfall,” the official said, adding that it will be open only after improvement in weather.

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