Kashmir Valley witnesses season’s first snowfall, Mughal Road closed

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Srinagar, November 7: The winds blowing from the Mediterranean Sea and their interaction with Maha Cyclone brought the first snowfall of the season in higher reaches of Kashmir on Wednesday, bringing down the temperature across the Himalayan Valley.

From early morning, rains lashed most parts of the Valley, including Srinagar and Kupwara, while moderate snowfall was witnessed at Ganderbal district’s Sonamarg and the ski resort of Gulmarg in Baramulla district, officials at the local meteorological (MeT) centre said. Ladakh’s Drass also received a moderate spell.

“We have received the first snowfall of the season. In Kupwara, there was 50mm of precipitation while 4 inch of snow was recorded in Gulmarg and 2 inch in Drass,” said MeT deputy director Mukhtar Ahmad.

This was the first snowfall in the inhabited areas of the valley

The Mughal Road, connecting the twin districts of Poonch and Rajouri in Jammu region with South Kashmir’s Shopian district, was closed for vehicular traffic after snowfall in the high altitude areas, officials said.

There was snowfall in high altitude areas, including Pir Ki Gali, on Tuesday due to which the road was closed for vehicular traffic as a precautionary measure, the officials said.