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While North India is getting baked with the scorching heat, the Kashmir Valley experienced surprise snowfall yesterday, i.e., in the month of June. With this fresh spell of snowfall, the scenes in the paradise on earth have dramatically changed.
As per the latest reports, Baltal, Sonamarg, Zojila Pass, and Drass was greeted with fresh snowfall on Wednesday. Following this, the 434 km long Srinagar-Leh Highway, the road which connects Ladakh with Kashmir valley was temporarily closed for vehicular traffic. Officials in the know-how said that traffic will resume on the said route once the snow subsides.
Referring to this development, director of Srinagar Meteorological Centre said that snowfall in mid-June was not at all an unusual event; however, it is definitely rare. The director also mentioned that it does happen sometimes when the sky remains cloudy for a long period and the region experiences continuous rainfall, which further leads to drop in temperature.
Reportedly, while the remote areas received snowfall, the plains in the valley received very heavy rainfall overnight, thereby leading to flash floods in several areas.
Heavy rainfalls also lead to drastic increase in water levels in the tributaries of Jhelum River, which are infamous particularly because of flash flood caused by them in 2014. Rise in water levels also washed away bridges in several regions.
And since it has been raining since yesterday, as per the Met Department’s prediction, temperatures have dipped to lower than the freezing point in certain areas of Central Kashmir.
Local reports have mentioned that regions like Minimarg, Gumri Zojila Pass, Drass Kargin, and Zero Point have received so much of snowfall that the areas are covered by almost two inches of snow carpet.