Fresh snowfall in Kashmir valley

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SRINAGAR: The Kashmir Valley, including summer capital Srinagar and other plain areas, received fresh snowfall on Sunday, a day after ‘Chillai-Kalan’, the 40-day period of harshest winter ended, even as the minimum temperatures rose by several degrees to provide relief from the intense cold conditions.

“Snowfall was recorded in higher reaches, including the tourist resorts of Pahalgam and Gulmarg and Kupwara area of the Valley, during the night,” a MET Department spokesman said here.

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The snowfall started in the morning, he said, adding that owing to cloudy sky during the night, minimum temperature in the city appreciated by nearly three degrees from yesterday’s minus 2.9 degrees Celsius to settle at minus 0.2 degree Celsius.

He said Kupwara received the highest snowfall of about five inches during the night and the mercury there settled at a low of minus 0.1 degree Celsius, up by over three degrees from minus 3.7 degrees Celsius on Saturday.

The MET Department has said moderate rains or snow would occur in plains of Kashmir, while there was possibility of moderate to heavy snowfall in the higher reaches of the Valley over the next 24 hours.