Widespread rain lashes plains of J&K; upper reaches of Kashmir receive fresh snowfall

Pahalgam received fresh snowfall on Saturday much to the delight of tourists.(UNI)
Pahalgam received fresh snowfall on Saturday much to the delight of tourists.(UNI)

*Traffic disrupted for 3 hours at NH in Ramban

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SRINAGAR/JAMMU, Mar 30: The hills of Kashmir mostly in North received a fresh snowfall while light to moderate rains lashed plains of both the regions of Jammu and Kashmir, resulting into traffic disruption at Jammu-Srinagar National Highway (NH) for about three hours in the morning.

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Two back-to-back Western Disturbances have affected Jammu and Kashmir from March 27, bringing rains in plains and snowfall in Gulmarg, Sonamarg and other few areas till today. Banihal in Jammu region received highest overnight rainfall of 43.8 mm followed by Katra (37.4 mm) while in Kashmir, highest rainfall of 35.4 mm was witnessed at Pahalgam which was followed by 30.2 mm in Kokernag.

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Director Meteorological department (MeT), Dr Mukhar Ahmad said that the weather conditions are expected to remain partly to generally cloudy with light to moderate rain and snow in higher reaches at most places and heavy rains, snow at isolated places during tonight.
“On March 31st, the weather would remain partly to generally cloudy with possibility of intermittent light rain and snow at few places. From April 01-05, generally dry weather with light rain at isolated places is expected on 3rd April,” he said, adding, “On April 6-7, generally cloudy weather is expected with light rain and snow at scattered places. The weather is expected to remain dry from April 08 to April 11.”
Due to overnight rains and resultant mudslides at Nihar- Cafeteria Morh area in Ramban district, the vehicular traffic at National Highway (NH) remained disrupted for about 3 hours this morning and was restored completely at about 10:30 am. The traffic was also disrupted on NH at Kela Morh, Peerah and Panthial areas of the district due to shooting stones. In the evening, amid light rains, a boulder hit a truck near Panthial and damaged its cabin. However, no one was injured in the mishap.
The night temperature in both the regions of the Union Territory further dropped due to overnight rains but the day temperature witnessed surge from the previous day as the weather improved in the day.
Srinagar recorded a minimum of 6.8°C against 8.2°C the previous night, Qazigund had a minimum of 7.2°C against 8.4°C the previous night, Pahalgam recorded a low of 1.3°C against 5.0°C the previous night, Kokernag saw a minimum of 6.6°C against 7.7°C the previous night, Kupwara town recorded a low of 5.4°C against 7.3°C the previous night and Gulmarg had a low of minus 0.5°C against 0.4°C the previous night.
The day temperature in Srinagar was recorded at 15.9 degree Celsius while Qazigund recorded a maximum of 17.9 degree Celsius, Pahalgam had a maximum of 15.5 degree Celsius, Kupwara recorded a maximum of 11.8 degree Celsius, Kokernag saw a maximum of 17.8 degree Celsius and Gulmarg recorded a maximum of 6.0 degree Celsius.
Jammu recorded a low of 16.4 degree Celsius and a maximum of 31.0 degree Celsius, Banihal had a low of 8.2 degree Celsius and a maximum of 21.5 degree Celsius, Batote recorded a low of 8.2 and high of 19.9, Katra recorded a minimum of 12.6 and maximum of 26.9 and Bhaderwah had a low of 8.2 degree Celsius and high of 20.2 degree Celsius.