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Gulmarg, Pahalgam, other higher reaches experience snow, rain in plains

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Srinagar: The famous tourist destinations of Gulmarg, Pahalgam and other higher reaches of Kashmir valley received fresh snow since Thursday evening while plains, including summer capital, Srinagar, received rains.

The Meterological Department official said that Gulmarg recorded 2-3 inches of snow till Friday morning and that the snowfall is expected to continue for few more days.

The early snowfall has brought cheer to the tourists visiting the valley. The J&K Tourism department prepares for winter sports and entertainment activities for tourists and locals during this season.

As Gulmarg and Sonamarg wore picturesque white look, heavy rains lashed Srinagar city and other low lying areas on Thursday night and Friday morning. The MeT department has predicted more rains in days to come.

The J&K Police said that Jammu and Srinagar road was still open to highway traffic whereas the Srinagar-Leh Highway has been closed for vehicular movement. The rains broke the long and dry spell in the valley.

The farmers, however, seem upset as the inclement weather disrupted the ongoing apple harvesting activities in Shopian, Baramulla districts of the valley.

Due to strong winds last night followed by rain, majority areas in Srinagar electricity supply has been disrupted after transmission lines were damaged while other metered and unmetered areas are facing frequent power failure for hours without any prior information.

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