Snowfall in Kashmir, MeT warns of heavy precipitation in HP

NEW DELHI: The Kashmir Valley was today buried under a fresh bout of snow with Gulmarg gauging nine inches of precipitation even as the weatherman warned of “very heavy” snow and rains in Himachal Pradesh that is battling a piercing cold wave.

Foggy weather disrupted rail traffic in northern region with 30 trains running late and 14 rescheduled.

It was warm and sunny in the national capital at 25.6 degrees Celsius but its air quality index entered the “very poor” zone.

The city, however, is expected to witness light rains tomorrow which will subsequently improve the air quality as the showers will help disperse the suspended particulates.

Most areas in Kashmir received fresh snowfall even as the Meteorological Department has forecast widespread snowfall or rains in the Valley over the next two days.

Gulmarg recorded nine inches (23 cm) of snowfall, Pahalgam 9.5 cm, Kupwara seven and Srinagar two cm of fresh snowfall.

While the fresh snowfall affected the air-traffic at Srinagar Airport, the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway was still open for traffic.

Meanwhile, the night temperature across Kashmir division improved by several degrees due to the cloud cover. While Srinagar recorded a low of minus 0.6 degree Celsius, Qazigund town had a low of minus 0.4 degree Celsius.

The mercury in Pahalgam settled at a low of minus 1.3 while Gulmarg registered a low of minus 5.4 degrees Celsius and was the coldest recorded place in the Valley. (AGENCIES)