Mercury drops below sub-zero level as IIOJK receives rains, snowfall

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In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, the mercury dropped below sub-zero level in Kashmir Valley, today, as higher reaches received snowfall and rains lashed plains. A meteorological department official said that Gulmarg received 19cms of snowfall in the 24 hours till 0830 hours today and Pahalgam 1 cm.

He said rain lashed plains and in the 24 hours, Srinagar received 2.8mm, Qazigund 9.8mm, Kupwara 11.3mm Kokernag 7mm, Jammu 1.8mm, Banihal 24.5mm, Katra 1.8mm and Bhaderwah 15.2mm.

The meteorological official said, Srinagar recorded a low of minus 0.2°C, Qazigund minus 0.4°C, Pahalgam minus 1.7°, Kokernag minus 2.8°C, Gulmarg minus 5.5°C, Kupwara minus 0.4°C, Jammu 6.6°C and Leh registered a low of minus 9.6°C.

It is to mention here that IIOJK is in the grip of Chillai-Kalan, the 40-day long harsh winter period that started on December 21 and will end on January 31.

Meanwhile, two snow avalanches occurred in Hangh and Sarbal area of Ganderbal district. However, there was no damage reported from any place till last reports came in.—KMS