Kashmir Valley, including Srinagar city, on Monday received fresh snowfall, forcing authorities to close schools for two days. The residents of the Valley woke up to a white cover of snow which had enveloped the landscape.
Nearly three inches of snow had accumulated in Srinagar city while more than one-and-a-half foot was recorded in Gulmarg tourist resort and several other parts of north Kashmir.
In Pahalgam resort, one foot of snow had been recorded till 8.30 AM, officials said. The snowfall was preceded by heavy rainfall in most parts of the Valley on Sunday evening with Srinagar recording 46.3 mm of rainfall.
Divisional Administration of Kashmir announced that schools upto standard VIII will be closed for two days due to a dip in temperature caused by the downpour, an official spokesman said. Schools in the Valley had reopened on March 3 after three months of winter vacation.
The downpour has led to water-logging of all major roads around the commercial hub of Lal Chowk and surrounding areas. Traffic was moving at a snail’s pace while pedestrians were facing difficulty in moving around due to puddles on the roads.