New Delhi: The upper reaches of Kashmir Valley witnessed snowfall leading to the drop in temperature across the region. Rains lashed the plains in the region with the MeT department recording 13.8mm of rainfall during the last 24 hours.
Areas like famous hill station Gulmarg, Sonmarg and areas close to Line of Control in Machil sector and many other upper reaches including Sithan pass and Margan pass received fresh snowfall.
Gulmarg in north Kashmir gets covered in a white blanket of snow. Many areas in north Kashmir receive first snowfall of the season. pic.twitter.com/MStZbyQpSv
— Ieshan Wani (@Ieshan_W) October 20, 2022
Snowfall likely to continue
The Met department has predicted that it’s likely to snow and rain in most of the areas till today and weather will improve from tomorrow onwards.
“Light to Moderate rain with snowfall over higher reaches of J&K. Light to moderate rain/snowfall (over high reaches) is very likely to continue at most places of Kashmir and at a few places of Jammu till late afternoon today and gradual improvement thereafter. From 21-30th October, There’s no forecast of any Major snowfall in J&K and Ladakh. However, light rain/snow may occur at isolated places,” said the Met Official in Srinagar.
Current spell of rain/snowfall over higher reaches of J&K likely to continue till late afternoon today. Expect gradual improvement thereafter.
No forecast of snowfall in plains of Kashmir. pic.twitter.com/TNLil9gE5I
— Meteorological Centre Srinagar (@metsrinagar) October 20, 2022
People woke up to blanket of snow covering the area
The tourists visiting the place are extremely joyous and enjoying the snowfall. Some of them say that they went to sleep with green surroundings while waking up to a complete white layer in the morning.
‘”We came to Sonamarg yesterday. We saw everything yesterday was green and when we woke up in the morning, everything was white. It’s unbelievable. All the mountains are covered in snow. It’s just amazing,” said a tourist.
Roads shut down
The fresh snowfall in the region has led to the closure of several roads including Sadhna Top, connecting the border town of Tangdhar and other far-flung areas. The road to Gurez has also been shut due to the bad weather.
The temperature at Gulmarg was recorded at minus 2.0°C, which is the lowest of the season. Meanwhile, In the Rajouri area of Jammu region, 50 sheep’s and goats were killed during a lightning thunderstorm in the area. One Person was injured in the incident as well.