Snow transforms Gulmarg into a winter wonderland

Gulmarg, a famous hilly resort in Jammu and Kashmir, was blanketed by snow on Sunday. The resort is captivating both locals and tourists, who are arriving in the Valley from the different parts of the country to witness snow, a novelty in the rest of the country. 

This has temporarily relaxed the cold wave in the Valley, although the night temperatures continue to be subzero. Srinagar saw temperatures drop to a low of minus 1.3 degrees Celsius, while Pahalgam, a key spot for the Amarnath Yatra, recorded a chilling minus 5.1 degrees Celsius.  Gulmarg experienced temperatures as low as minus 2.8 degrees Celsius.

A weak western disturbance impacted Jammu and Kashmir, resulting in light to moderate snowfall in higher elevations and rains in the plains. Gulmarg received around six inches of fresh snow, transforming it into a winter wonderland. Snowfall was also observed in Sonamarg tourist resort and along the Zojila axis.

The fluctuating weather conditions are expected to continue as the western disturbance is anticipated to linger till Sunday morning. The meteorological department predicts a temporary rise in minimum temperatures due to this disturbance, followed by an expected decline by one-to-three notches afterward.