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Gulmarg receives fresh snowfall as mercury drops in J-K

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Mercury recorded a drop in Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday amid rainfall in plains and snowfall over higher reaches.

In the last 24 hours till 8:30 am today, Gulmarg, the world-famous skiing resort, received 20cm of snowfall, a meteorological department official told a local news agency, Global News Service (GNS).

During the same time, he said, Srinagar received rainfall of 1.9mm, Qazigund 2.2mm, Pahalgam 4.6mm, Kupwara 10mm, Kokernag 0.6mm, Jammu 5.0mm, Banihal 8.2mm, Batote 12mm, Katra 15.2mm and Bhaderwah 22.4mm.

Regarding the temperature, he said, Srinagar recorded a low of 4.7°C against 5.4°C on the previous night. The temperature was 2.9°C above normal for the summer capital during this time of the year, he said.

Qazigund recorded a low of 5.0°C, the same as on the previous night. The temperature was 3.1°C above normal for the gateway town of Kashmir, he said.

In Pahalgam, the mercury settled at 2.8°C against 2.9°C on the previous night and it was 3.9°C above normal for the south Kashmir resort, he said.

Kokernag recorded a low of 3.7°C against 4.1°C on the previous night and it was 1.0°C above normal for the place, he said.

Gulmarg recorded a low of minus 2.0°C, the same as on the previous night and it was 2.2°C below normal for the world-famous skiing resort in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district.

In Kupwara town, the mercury settled at 3.0°C against 4.7°C on the previous night, the official said. It was 1.7°C above normal for the north Kashmir place, he said.

Jammu recorded a low of 14.2°C against 14.6°C on the previous night. It was 0.2°C above normal for J-K’s winter capital, he said. Banihal recorded a low of 4.6°C (normal), Batote 3.5°C (3.3°C below normal), Katra 10.6°C (below normal by 1.2°C) and Bhadarwah 3.4°C (below normal by 0.4°C).

In the Kargil area of Ladakh, he said, the mercury settled at minus 3.8°C, Leh saw a low of minus 1.1°C and Drass minus 3.4°C.

The weather department has forecast light to moderate rain/snowfall (over higher reaches) till 11 November forenoon but ruled out the possibility of any major rain or snowfall during the spell.

From 12-16 November, he said, the weather is expected to be “fair to partly cloudy”. (GNS)

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