Kashmir receives fresh snowfall; road, air connectivity snapped

Kashmir receives fresh snowfall; road, air connectivity snapped

Srinagar, Jan 3 (UNI) The summer capital, Srinagar and other parts of Kashmir valley received fresh snowfall on Sunday though the night temperature witnessed major improvement and settled above normal.

Meanwhile, the valley has been cut off from rest of the country as the air and road connectivity has been snapped in view of light to moderate snowfall since late Saturday night.

Even though there was an improvement of about 4 degree in the night temperature, the border town of Kargil in the Union Territory of Ladakh was the coldest place in the region, followed by Leh, where the mercury plunged about 3 degree and settled at minus 12 degree. All the waterbodies in Ladakh remained frozen as the maximum and minimum temperature in the UT has been settling several degrees below sub-zero. The maximum temperature recorded in Kargil and Leh was minus 6.1 degree and minus 4.5 degree, respectively.

A Met department spokesperson told UNI a fresh Western Disturbance (WD), which originated from the Arabian Sea and approached the region through Afghanistan and Pakistan, hit the region on Saturday night.

He said under the influence of the WD, light to moderate rain and snow is expected at most places in Kashmir and Zojila area of Ladakh for three days from Sunday. “Weather is expected to improve from Thursday onwards,” he added.

He said a weather warning has been issued for Tuesday, when heavy rain and snow could occur at some places in the valley.

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