Fresh snowfall in upper reaches of Kashmir valley brings cheer to tourism industry


Guwahati: Snowfall in higher reaches was witnessed in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday. The Meteorological (MET) department has forecast same weather conditions during the next 24 hours till Sunday.

The department had specified that the hilly areas in the region might receive more snowfall which could go upto one foot.

“Intermittent light to moderate rain in plains and snow over higher reaches of J&K most likely to continue today. Significant decrease in rain/snow likely from tomorrow onwards”, a MeT department communication read.

Fresh snowfall has occurred in the hill stations of Gulmarg, Sonamarg and Pahalgam. Srinagar recorded 4.7 degrees Celsius, Pahalgam 0.3 and Gulmarg minus 2.2 degrees Celsius as the minimum temperature of the day. Leh town of Ladakh had 0.9 degree Celsius temperature, Kargil minus 3.8 and Drass minus 2 as the night’s lowest temperature. Jammu city had 14.4, Mata Vaishno Devi base town Katra had 12.2, Batote 5.3, Banihal 5.4 and Bhaderwah 5.6 as the minimum temperature.

Macchil and Z-Gali areas in remote Kupwara district recorded snow between one foot to 18 inches, while places like Gulmarg, Baramulla and Sonamarg recorded up to seven inches of snow, news agency PTI quoted officials as saying.

In the hill stations of Kashmir, the snowfall brought cheer on the faces of the tourists and visitors. The valley has this year witnessed a considerable amount of snowfall, which resulted in uplifting the beauty of the mountains and hill stations. A good snowfall increases the changes of more time for winter sporting activities like skiing etc at places like Gulmarg, Sonmarg in Kashmir. (India Today)