Kashmir experienced winter’s first snowfall on Monday, leading to the closure of the Srinagar-Leh road connecting to Ladakh, news agency PTI report.
The MeT office has issued an ‘Orange Colour’ weather warning for the higher reaches of J-K and Sonmarg -Zojila axis on the Srinagar-Leh road, the report said.
A MeT official said light to moderate snow with heavy falls at isolated places was reported from many areas of Kashmir, a few places of Jammu and Sonmarg-Drass axis.
The famous ski-resort of Gulmarg, in north Kashmir, recorded four inches of fresh snowfall during the night, while Pahalgam tourist resort in south Kashmir, recorded 10 cm of snow, the official said.
He said most of the areas in the plains of the valley also received light snowfall — which is the season’s first.
It was still snowing, especially in the higher reaches, when the last reports came in and the weather system is likely to continue, he said.
This spell is most likely to give good snow/rain in the Pirpanjal area Gulmarg, Ramban-Banihal, Shopian, Poonch-Rajouri and Zojila especially during November 24-25 and decrease thereafter significantly, the official said to PTI.