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Srinagar turns white due to fresh snowfall affecting normal life
1/21/2020 10:16:10 PM
Early Times report

Srinagar, Jan 21 Srinagar, the summer capital of Union Territory (UT) Jammu and Kashmir, has turned white due to fresh snowfall since early Tuesday morning, disrupting normal life.
Roof and tree tops, besides electric poles and wires, plain fields and roads had turned white as people woke up this morning. However, the minimum temperature witnessed a surge though it was still sub zero in Srinagar. ''Against minus 2.4 degree, the minimum temperature was minus 1.2 degree,'' a Met department spokesman told .
He said there could be light to moderate snow or rain in Kashmir valley, including plains, during the next 24 hours.
Doctors and other experts have advised elderly, children and those with heart ailment and chest infection not to venture out of their houses in the morning and evening when the mercury goes down. Roads have become slippery due to fresh snowfall in the city.
There was still last week's snow on roof tops and both sides of inner roads and by-lanes in the city, where more snow since early morning made the situation worse.
The drivers were seen driving vehicles at a very slow speed to avoid accidents. Senior traffic police officials have also advised people to drive slowly to avoid skidding of vehicles.
Very few passenger vehicles could be seen on the roads in the morning.
However, the number increased as the day progressed. Similarly, shop and business establishments reopened only after 1000 hrs due to fresh snowfall and chilly weather conditions.
All hills surrounding Srinagar also witnessed moderate to heavy snowfall, clearly visible from world famous Dal Lake and other city areas. World famous ski resort of Gulmarg, tourist resort of Pahalgam and other parts of Kashmir received fresh light to moderate snowfall since early Tuesday morning, resulting in chilly weather conditions.
However, the night temperature improved and settled above normal due to overcast conditions across Kashmir valley, where light to moderate snow in predicted during the next 24 hours.
A Met department spokesperson told UNI light to moderate snow would occur at most places during the next 24 hours in Kashmir under the influence of a Western Disturbance (WD), which is active in the region. "The weather will be dry on Thursday though another spell of snow is predicted from Friday onwards under the influence of a fresh WD," he added.
Gulmarg, about 55 km from here in north Kashmir, received over 2 inches of fresh snow, resulting in further dip in the day temperature. Kongdori and Apharwat, the highest point of the cable car project in Gulmarg, also received moderate to heavy snowfall.
The night temperature in the ski resort improved about 5 degree from Monday and settled at minus 8 degree. "Despite snow since early this morning, the tourists are out on ski slopes, which are already covered under several feet of snow, enjoying different activities," a hotelier told UNI over the phone.
Summer capital Srinagar again turned white due to fresh snowfall since early this morning, disrupting normal life. Roof and tree tops besides electric poles and wires, plain fields and roads had turned white as people woke up on Tuesday morning. However, the minimum temperature witnessed a surge and settled above normal. "Against minus 2.4 degree, the minimum temperature was minus 1.2 degree," a Met department spokesman told UNI.
World famous health resort of Pahalgam, about 100 km from here in south Kashmir, received about 5 inches of fresh snowfall since the wee hours on Tuesday, resulting in dip in the day temperature. But, the night temperature at the health resort improved and settled above normal on Tuesday due to overcast conditions. Against minus 9.4 degree recorded on Monday, the night temperature in Pahalgam was minus 3.9 degree.
The upper reaches in Pahalgam, including Chandanwari, received very light snowfall. Amarnath cave shine and its periphery, besides Sheshnag, Mahagung, Pisso top and Panjterni, also received light to moderate snowfall.
Several other parts of north Kashmir also received fresh snowfall. Light to moderate snowfall was also received at some places on Srinagar-Jammu national highway.
The night temperature at Qazigund, gateway to the valley, Kupwara in north Kashmir and tourist resort of Kokernag witnessed major improvement and settled at minus 2 degree, minus 1.9 degree and minus 3.1 degree respectively.
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