JK News Today
Srinagar, March 17: Weather has again taken a u-turn with dip in temperature as meteorological department has predicted snowfall and rain in Jammu and Kashmir starting from today.
Upper reaches are expected to receive fresh snowfall whereas plains will receive scattered rainfall.
“Intermittent rain and thunderstorm accompanied by gusty winds at scattered places is expected whereas snowfall is likely over higher reaches,” a meteorological department official said.
The dip temperature has brought back woolen cloths in Kashmir valley, Pir Panjal and Chenab valley areas of Jammu and Kashmir. Sinthan pass, connecting Anantnag with Kishtwar, has been closed vehicular traffic whereas other passes many also be closed once it starts snowing and raining.
Giving details about the temperature recorded in various places across the union territory, the meteorological department official said that Srinagar recorded a low of 6.6°C against 5.5°C on the previous night and it was 1.9°C above normal for the summer capital.
Qazigund, he said, recorded a low of 4.5°C against 4.2°C on the previous night and it was 0.9°C above normal for the gateway town of Kashmir.
Pahalgam, he said, recorded a low of 1.6°C against 0.8°C on the previous night and it was 1.5°C above normal for the famous tourist resort in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district.
Kokernag recorded a low of 4.6°C against 6.3°C on the previous night and it was 1.1°C above normal for the place, the officials said.
Gulmarg recorded a low of 0.5°C against 1.5°C on the previous night and it was 2.8°C above normal for the world famous skiing resort in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, he said.
In Kupwara town, he said, the mercury settled at 4.3°C against 3.2°C on the previous night and it was 1.2°C above normal for the north Kashmir area.
Jammu recorded a low of 14.3°C against 15.0°C on the previous night. It was 0.6°C below normal for J&K’s winter capital, he said.
Banihal, he said, recorded a low of 6.2°C (above normal by 1.3°C), Batote 7.3°C (above normal by 0.6°C), Katra 12.5°C (0.1°C below normal) and Bhadarwah 4.6°C (0.7°C above normal).
Ladakh’s Leh and Drass, he said, recorded a low of minus 3.2°C and minus 3.6°C respectively.