Rain lashes valley for third day, snowfall in Sonamarg

Intermittent rainfall continued in the city here and in other districts of the Kashmir valley for the third consecutive day on Tuesday while Sonamarg resort received fresh snowfall.
The downpour, which began on Sunday, has continued intermittently across the Valley and significantly brought down the soaring mercury which was causing the day temperature to rise by nearly eight to 10 degrees above normal.
Srinagar received 29.5 mm rainfall during the first two days, and the downpour continued for the third day.
Fresh snowfall draped central Kashmir’s Sonamarg resort, a meadow stopover along the Srinagar-Leh highway which was recently opened to traffic after remaining shut for nearly four months, an official of the Meteorological Department said.
The forecast issued by the Srinagar Meteorological Centre said light rain and thundershower would continue in the city on Wednesday while light to moderate rainfall was expected at most places of the state during the next 24 hours. The precipitation is likely to decrease from Wednesday evening onwards.
North Kashmir’s Gulmarg resort recorded the maximum rainfall (27.4 mm) in the region during the last 24 hours till Tuesday morning. In the last two days, the resort received 55 mm rainfall. The higher reaches of Gulmarg also received snowfall, the official said.
The latest rainy spell has kindled hope among farmers who were facing a drought-like situation in the region. The state’s agriculture department had earlier issued an advisory to farmers to avoid cultivation of water-intensive crops.