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The chilly conditions forced the people Kashmir to wear more warm and woolen clothes. The plains, including Srinagar, were lashed by heavy rains.
With upper reaches receiving fresh snowfall, Kashmir, Thursday witnessed chilly conditions even as Meteorological department predicted light to moderate rains during next 24 hours.

"The areas above the height of 3000 meters above sea level have received fresh snowfall," the MeT officials said here. "Fresh chilly conditions are result of the fresh snowfall."

The chilly conditions forced the people Kashmir to wear more warm and woolen clothes. The plains, including Srinagar, were lashed by heavy rains.

The Met officials said that Srinagar recorded 6.0mm of rainfall, Pahalgam 9.4mm, Kupwara 10.1mm, Qazigund 14.7mm, Kokernag 15.6mm and Jammu 0.2.

They said that wet weather would continue during the next 24 hours in state. "There weather will start improving from Friday late afternoon," they said adding from Saturday onwards the weather would be dry.

"Fresh snow and rains the maximum temperature across Kashmir witnessed considerable drop," the MeT officials added.

Officials said that erratic weather conditions at Gulmarg in north Kashmir forced authorities to suspend the second phase of Gandola Cable Car connecting highest ski point Affarwat with base camp. They said that it has been done as the precautionary measures. "There are icy cold winds besides dark clouds in the upper reaches of Gulmarg," officials said. "First phase of GCC up to Kongdori is in operation," officials said adding that slopes of Gulmarg were lashed by heavy rains since Thursday morning. The rains were going on across Kashmir when this report was filed.

Weather conditions of Chenab Valley from the last few days have affected the temperature in Jammu region. As the rain is hitting continuously in lower reaches of Chenab Valley from two days, it has led in decrease of temperatures in Chenab valley including districts Kishtwar and Doda.

HIGHWAYS OPEN

Despite heavy rains, the Srinagar-Jammu and Srinagar-Leg highway are open traffic, officials said.

They said that heavy were going on Ramban and Banihal area along Srinagar- Jammu highway. "There will be one way traffic from Srinagar to Jammu on Friday," Inspector General of Police, Traffic, J P Singh told Greater Kashmir.