The 300-km Srinagar-Jammu national highway remained closed for traffic for the third consecutive day as snowfall and rains lashed wide parts of Kashmir on Friday, officials said.
The residents of Srinagar on Friday woke up to witness a thin layer of snow covering the city as reports of heavy snowfall were received from the high altitude areas during the past 24 hours, the officials said.
The famous ski resort of Gulmarg in north Kashmir experienced heavy snowfall along with other high altitude areas, while the plains including Srinagar witnessed light snowfall during the past 24 hours, a spokesman of the MeT department said.
He said Gulmarg recorded 15 inches of fresh snow, while the snow accumulation in Srinagar was 2.5 centimetres till 0830 hours today.
The spokesman said the night temperature across the division continued its downward trend in view of the prevailing weather.
Gulmarg was the coldest recorded place in the Valley where the night temperature settled at minus 5.0 degrees against the previous night’s minus 4.6 degrees Celsius, the spokesman said.
He said Srinagar recorded a further dip of almost two degrees in the night temperature which settled at minus 0.1 degrees Celsius.
Pahalgam hill resort, which serves as the base camp during the annual Amarnath yatra, recorded a low of minus 0.6 degrees Celsius, while the minimum temperature recorded at rest of the observatories including Qazigund, Kupwara and Kokernag was around zero degrees Celsius.
Leh in frontier region of Ladakh was the coldest recorded place in the state with a low of minus 7.8 degrees Celsius against the previous night’s minus 4.6 degrees Celsius.
The nearby Kargil town also recorded a low of minus 5.2 degrees Celsius, the spokesman said.
The MeT predicted scattered to fairly widespread rain or snow at most of the places in the Valley during the next two days.