Gulmarg in north Kashmir receives fresh snowfall

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Gulmarg and other upper reaches received fresh snowfall while skies were cloudy in plains in Kashmir valley on Friday, resulting in chilly weather conditions.

However, the night temperature improved and settled above normal across the valley, where there is prediction of wet weather during 48 days.

A Met department spokesperson told UNI a fresh Western Disturbance (WD), which originated from the Arabian Sea and approached the region through Afghanistan and Pakistan, has hit the region on Friday.

He said under the influence of the WD, light snow is expected at isolated to scattered places of Kashmir and Zojila area of Ladakh on Friday and Saturday. “Weather is expected to be dry on Sunday,” he added.

However, he said there is more than 70 percent chance of fresh spell of light to moderate snow at many places of Kashmir, Drass and Zojila on December 7 and December 8, adding this spell seems to be weaker than the previous once but could lead to temporary closure of Srinagar-Leh national highway.

Much to the delight of the tourists, Gulmarg, received a brief spell of light snowfall in the afternoon, resulting in further dip in the maximum temperature. Kongdori and Apharwat, the highest point of the cable car project in Gulmarg, also received light snowfall.

The mercury at the ski resort improved marginally and settled at minus 2.2 degree, which is slightly above normal.

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