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Rains, light snowfall lash Valley’s plains, upper reaches

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Srinagar:  Fresh snowfall in higher reaches and rains in the plains of Kashmir for the second straight day brought mercury down in the valley even as the weatherman has predicted improvement in the weather conditions from tonight.

According to KNO, several higher reaches including Sadhna Top, Pir Ki Gali, Zojila, Sinthan Top, Razdan Top and Tulail in Gurez received fresh snowfall for the second day today while the plains including Srinagar were lashed by intermittent rainfall, which brought down temperature creating winter-like conditions.

Compared to 17.7 degree Celsius yesterday, Srinagar today recorded a maximum temperature of 15.5 degree Celsius, an official in the Meteorological department said, adding that Qazigund also recorded a maximum temperature of 13.6 degree Celsius compared to 15.5 degree Celsius yesterday.

In Pahalgam, the mercury settled at 11.8 degree Celsius compared to 12.5 degree Celsius yesterday while 13.0 degree Celsius was recorded in Kupwara against yesterday’s 14.5 degree Celsius.

The data shows that most parts of the Valley recorded a further dip in the mercury today compared to yesterday.

Although the weather conditions are expected to improve gradually from tonight, Director Meteorological department (MeT), Dr Mukhtar Ahmad said that the possibility of rains at scattered places on April 20 cannot be ruled out.

From April 21-25, he said the weather is expected to remain generally dry with possibility of afternoon thundershower activity at isolated places.

He said that from April 26-27, weather would remain generally cloudy while light rain with thunders is expected at many places during the period.

The MeT department has issued an advisory, asking the farmers to resume farm operations after April 21st.

Authorities have asked the general public to not venture out near rivers, streams, and other water-bodies during the next 2-3 days. They also said that there is a possibility of landslides, mudslides and shooting stones at vulnerable places.

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