Kashmir: Snowy Kashmir receives 18,500 tourists since January 1 | India News

Kashmir: Snowy Kashmir receives 18,500 tourists since January 1 |  India News
SRINAGAR: Heavy snowfall in Kashmir has attracted as many as 18,500 tourists since January 1, according to official estimates. The Kashmir Valley received heavy to medium snowfall on Friday with Gulmarg, Pahalgam and Sonmarg under almost 4 feet of snow. Srinagar also received fresh snowfall.
Mercury has been falling to -5˚C overnight in Gulmarg, where around 3,000 tourists have come to enjoy the snow and skiing. Pahalgam is also witnessing a large influx of tourists, with around 1,700 visitors. All the hotels in both places have been sold out for more than a month, according to official figures.
The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) issued a red alert on Friday for heavy to very heavy rainfall at J&K. The weather system can affect land and air transport, mainly on Saturday, said an IMD official, adding: “It can cause avalanches / landslides in vulnerable places.”
The situation would gradually improve from January 9 (Sunday) in the morning. The MeT office warned people not to venture into avalanche-prone areas and urged them to follow traffic warnings in addition to maintaining adequate ventilation in their rooms.
On Friday, Ladakh Leh registered 1.5 ° C compared to -7.6 ° C on Thursday night. Kargil registered a minimum temperature of -9.8 ° C while Drass registered -12.4 ° C, the official added. Srinagar received 3.1mm of rain in the last 24 hours through Friday at 8:30 am, the IMD official said. It recorded a daytime temperature of 2.6 ° C compared to 0.3 ° C on Thursday night.
Gulmarg recorded a low of -5.5 ° C compared to -3.4 ° C on Thursday night. South Kashmir’s famous ski destination Pahalgam, which received 0.4 cm of fresh snow, recorded a low of -0.4 ° C on Friday versus -0.8 ° C the night before.
Qazigund received 4.6mm of rain in the past 24 hours, while Kashmir’s gateway city recorded a low of 0.4 ° C, the same as witnessed the night before, it said. Kupwara city in northern Kashmir recorded a low of 0.8 ° C against 0 ° C on Thursday night. Jammu, with 4.6mm of rain, recorded a low of 11.1 ° C, eight degrees higher than Thursday night.
Since December 21, 2021, Kashmir is reeling under the harshest 40-day winter period, known locally as “Chillai Kalan.” The period is followed by a “Chillai Khurd” of 20 days and a “Chillai Bachha” of 10 days.

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