Srinagar:  Kashmir valley was gripped in a cold wave as the upper reaches of Gulmarg received fresh snowfall while light to moderate rains drenched the region for the second consecutive day on Wednesday.

Gulmarg recorded 13.2 mm of rainfall and its higher mountainous reaches witnessed snowfall, a MeT department official said.
The minimum temperature at the famous ski resort fell to near freezing point as the mercury plunged to 0.5 degrees Celsius.

The summer capital Srinagar received 9.2 mm of rainfall overnight as the minimum temperature fell by several notches to 8.2 degrees Celsius, the official said.

South Kashmir's hill resort of Pahalgam received 31.2 mm of rainfall with the mercury falling to 4.2 degrees Celsius, he said.

Qazigund, the gateway town to Kashmir, recorded 28.7 mm of rainfall.

The sudden drop in the mercury in recent days has forced residents to don winter wear again to shield themselves from the cold weather.

Coordinator, state Disaster Management Cell, Aamir Ali said the water level in river Jehlum was well below the danger mark and there was no report of floods anywhere in the valley. He said the weather is likely to improve from Thursday.

Rains in the month of April have in the past flooded parts of Kashmir valley.

(Agencies)