Snow in Gulmarg and upper reaches, rain disrupts life in Srinagar

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Srinagar, Apr 2 (UNI) The world famous ski resort of Gulmarg and other upper reaches in the Kashmir valley experienced fresh snowfall while life in the summer capital and adjoining areas was disrupted due to rains, resulting in considerable cold.

A report from Gulmarg said the entire belt experienced light snowfall since early this morning, much to the delight of local, domestic and foreign tourists.

There was already about one and half a feet snow on the slopes, a hotel owner told UNI from Gulmarg.

He said a large number of tourists were out on slopes despite icy cold winds sweeping the entire area.

However, Affarwat, Khilanmarg and other upper reaches in the belt recorded about six inches to one feet of fresh snowfall since early this morning.

The Tangmarg and adjoining areas were lashed by rains, disrupting normal life.

Pahalgam, the base camp of holy Amarnath cave had rains since early this morning. However, the cave periphery experienced fresh snowfall since last evening, reports said.

Panjtherni, Mahaguns, Sheshnag and Pisso top en route the cave shrine also had snowfall.

The tourist resort of Sonamarg, which was opened for tourists a month before schedule after remaining closed during winter, also experienced rainfall.

The upper belt had light snowfall, resulting in severe cold.

The BEACON workers were busy repairing the 434-km-long Srinagar- Leh national highway which will reopen for traffic from April 15 after remaining closed for winter months.

This time due to efforts of the BEACON, the highway will reopen a month before the schedule as about six feet to 40 feet snow accumulated at different places on the road has been cleared.

However, one could see high snow walls on both sides of the road.

The summer capital, Srinagar, and its adjoining areas were lashed by rains, disrupting normal life.

People were seen wearing woolen and other warm cloths again because of severe cold.

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