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In Photos: Season’s first snowfall brings much needed winter cheer to Kashmir

Catch Photodesk | Updated on: 13 December 2017, 17:32 IST
A Kashmiri resident walks along a road following fresh snowfall on the outskirts of Srinagar. (Tauseef Mustafa/AFP)

Amid power cuts and roadblocks, Jammu and Kashmir welcomed its first snowfall of the season this week. The Valley witnessed heavy snowfall coupled with incessant rains throughout the region.

The popular tourist destination of Gulmarg received more than two feet of snowfall, the highest thus far, followed by Pahalgam (25 cms) and Srinagar (3.5cm). Additionally, districts in South Kashmir such as Shopian, Pahalgam, Pulwama, Awantipora and Surankote also received substantial snowfall.

The Meteorological Department has predicted constant snowfall until 15 December, caused primarily due to a prevailing western disturbance encircling parts of North India. The state authorities have closed the Mughal Road connecting the districts of Poonch and Rajouri, the Jammu-Srinagar highway, and tourist spot of Sonamarg until further notice.

A young boy tending to his flock of sheep at a snow-covered path after snowfall in Srinagar. (PTI)
A Kashmiri villager clears snow from the roof of a house following fresh snowfall on the outskirts of Srinagar. (Tauseef Mustafa/AFP)
Indian tourists take pictures after the first snowfall in Sonamarg, 89 kms from Srinagar. (Tauseef Mustafa/AFP)
First published: 13 December 2017, 17:32 IST
 
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