Heavy snowfall in upper reaches, plains has rains and sunshine

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Srinagar, Dec 13 (UNI) Affarwat, the world's highest downhill point connected with cable car experienced four feet of fresh snowfall while at Kongdori it was two feet and world famous ski resort of Gulmarg one feet in Jammu and Kashmir.

The other upper reaches in the Kashmir valley also experienced fresh snowfall during the past 24 hours while plains, including summer capital, Srinagar, weather improved after sun came out from behind the clouds this afternoon.

An official of the Gandola cable car project Ghulam Rasool told UNI over phone from Gulmarg that it was snowing heavily in the entire area.

He said more than four feet of snow had accumulated at Affarwat, the highest down hill ski point in the world.

The official said at Kongdori about two feet of snowfall was recorded till this afternoon.

The ski slopes at Gulmarg had turned white after more than a feet of snowfall during the past 24 hours.

The upper reaches in the valley, including holy Amarnath cave, Shehshnag, Mahaguns, Pisso top, Yusmarg, Deksum and Ahrabal also experienced snowfall.

Surprisingly, weather in Baramulla was pleasent with bright sunshine today. However, Srinagar and its adjoining area had rains today till this afternoon when finally sun came out.

Meanwhile, the divisional authorities in Kashmir have set up a control room to meet any challenge in the event of snowfall.

The authorities have distributed the valley into zones for undertaking snow clearance operation and all concerned officials have been directed to remain ready for any challenge.

Official sources said snow clearance machines have been deployed.

The authorities claimed that there was enough stock of essential commodities, including gas, kerosene oil, rice, sugar and flour in the valley for two months.

Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad in a tele-conference with divisional authorities directed them to keep close watch on prices of essential commodities.

UNI

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