The Met department has predicted heavy rains or snow at few places over the next 24 hours.

Gulmarg, the famous ski-resort in north Kashmir and the star attraction for tourists especially skiers from abroad, received 35.6 cm (14 inch) of fresh snow during the night, a MeT spokesman said here. He said the minimum temperature in the resort went down by over two degrees from minus 0.2 degree Celsius on Tuesday to settle at minus 2.6 degrees Celsius on Wednesday.

Pahalgam hill resort in south Kashmir, which serves as the base camp for the annual Amarnath yatra, recorded 9 cm of fresh snow and the mercury there settled at a low of 0.2 degree Celsius  - over a degree down from 1.5 degrees Celsius the previous night, the spokesman said.

Srinagar continued to receive intermittent rains since Tuesday and the city recorded 45.4 mm of rainfall during the night, the spokesman said.

He said Qazigund on Srinagar-Jammu national highway recorded a low of 2.0 degrees Celsius – down from the previous night's 3.2 degrees Celsius. The town received 39.8 mm of rainfall, he added.

The MeT Department said heavy rains or snow would occur at a few places over the state during the next 24 hours, while warning of a fresh Western Disturbance affecting the state from February 28.

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