Rains lash plains, Upper reaches receive fresh snowfall across Kashmir

The upper reaches of Kashmir on Wednesday received fresh snowfall, while rains lashed plains including Srinagar even as weatherman has predicted light precipitation during next 24 hours.
An official of the Meteorological department said that fresh snowfall was recorded in Gulmarg, Sonamarg and other areas of Kashmir.
He said that light to moderate rains lashed Srinagar since early this morning, resulting in considerable dip in the day temperature. The mercury at the night also dipped about 2 degrees from Tuesday and settled at 6.5 degrees, which is still 3 degree above normal in Srinagar.
The MeT official said here that light to moderate rain and snow would occur at many places during the next 24 hours in the state under the influence of a Western Disturbance (WD) which is active in the region. “Isolated light rain or snow could occur during the subsequent two day from Thursday,” he added.
The official said the night temperature witnessed some improvement and settled above normal at majority of places in the valley, though day chill intensified due to wet weather.
An official said that Gulmarg witnessed fresh snowfall and the night temperature at the ski resort dipped over a degree from Tuesday. It settled at minus 2.5 degree, which is still about normal.
Rains lashed Pahalgam resulting in further dip in the day temperature. However, the night temperature improved about 4 degree from Tuesday due to overcast conditions and settled at 6.4 degree, which is about 8 degree above normal.
Dozens of far-flung and remote villages, including those near the Line of Control (LoC), were also cut off from their respective district and tehsil headquarters, following closure of Sadhna top, Z-Gali and Phirkiyan due fresh snowfall snow. “It has been snowing since early this morning in these areas,” an official said.
Meanwhile, an official of the Traffic department said that 260-km Srinagar-Jammu highway remained open for vehicular traffic despite inclement weather conditions.