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Kashmir witnesses snowfall, rains

Last Updated: Sunday, April 3, 2011 - 23:23

Srinagar: Fresh snowfall and rains across
the Kashmir Valley on Sunday brought sharp decline in temperatures
across the region and cheers to tourists.

Famous tourist destination Gulmarg received light
snowfall while other high altitude areas, including cave
shrine Amarnath and mountain passes near the Line of Control
(LoC), witnessed moderate to heavy snowfall throughout the
day, officials said.

They said intermittent snowfall and rains also lashed
wide parts of south Kashmir including Pahalgam hill resort and
the 300-km Srinagar-Jammu National highway, the arterial
road which links Kashmir to rest of the country.

However, there was no disruption to traffic on the
highway, officials said, adding that Border Roads Organisation
and the traffic department are monitoring the situation on
hourly basis.

The icy wind from the mountains and intermittent rains
hit normal life in Srinagar as most people preferred to stay
indoors. Almost all the markets which otherwise used to remain
abuzz on Sunday wore a deserted look as heavy clouds engulfed
the skyline.

Srinagar, which recorded 2.6 mm of rainfall between
8.30 am to 5.30 pm, witnessed a dip in the mercury as the day
temperature settled five degrees below normal at 12.2 degrees

The night temperature in the city also dipped further
and settled at 3.8 deg C, the MET office said.


First Published: Sunday, April 3, 2011 - 23:23

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