Fresh snowfall draped the Kashmir valley in white blanket and brought much-await cheer among locals and tourists on Monday, as first twelve days of the 40-day harshest winter spell went without any snowfall.
“We witnessed snowfall first time today. We have reached Srinagar on December 30 and were eagerly waiting for the snowfall. We enjoyed the flakes since the morning’, said Sumit Kohli, a tourist from New Delhi.
Rains and snowfall lashed the valley since Monday morning. The minimum temperature rose from minus 3.9 degrees Celsius to 2.2 degree Celsius, while the day temperature rose to 3.3 degree Celsius.
MeT Director, Sonam Lotus said most of the higher reaches of the Valley, including Srinagar, Shopian and Anantnag, experienced snowfall. “The weather will improve from Tuesday. No snowfall or rain is expected in the next three to four days,” Lotus added.
Fresh snowfall affected traffic along the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway-connecting Kashmir with rest of the world.
However, minimum temperature remained subzero in tourist spots of Gulmarg, while Pahalgam recorded a minimum of -0.4 degrees Celsius.