Fresh snowfall in Srinagar, Kashmir heights

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Srinagar, Feb 3 (UNI) Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir experienced fresh snowfall today while it was snowing heavily on the upper reaches since early last night.

Trees rooftops, roads and parks had turned white as the people woke up this morning in the city and its adjoining areas.

The Western Disturbances (WD) from Arabian sea through Afghanistan and Pakistan finally touched the region as by the Met office here.

Because of cloudy weather, the night temperature, which was minus 6.6 degrees, 4.6 degrees below normal yesterday, also improved and was recorded at 0.4 degrees, which was about two degrees above normal.

The weather remained heavy and it was snowing intermittently in the city. Majority of people remained indoor because of it being Sunday, watching India-Australia first one-day match.

A report from world famous ski resort of Gulmarg said about six inches to one foot of fresh snowfall was experienced since last evening.

The Khilanmarg, Affarwat and Kongdori slopes recorded one foot of fresh snowfall, much to the delight of a large number skiers from within and outside the country.

So far more than seven to ten feet of snow had accumulated on the slopes, hosting Winter National Games from February 17.

A report from Baramulla said the town and its adjacent areas had about six inches of snowfall today. However, upper reaches in the frontier district of Kupwara and Baramulla experienced heavy snowfall since last evening.

In south Kashmir Anantnag experienced light snowfall while at Pahalgam, the base camp of Amarnath cave shrine recorded one foot of snow since last evening. However, the night temperature at Pahalgam, the most attractive spot for tourists, has considerably improved from minus 15.5 yesterday.

The holy Amarnath cave and its periphery and Sheshnag, Mahaguns, Panjtherni and Pisso top also recorded six inches to one foot of fresh snowfall since last evening.

Interestingly, Drass, the coldest place in the world after Siberia, had no snowfall. The sky was cloudy, helping minimum temperature improve which dipped to minus 28 yesterday, a UNI report from Kargil said.

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