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The picturesque Kashmir is wrapped under a thick blanket of snow for the first time this season. On November 6, Kashmir received snowfall as a fresh western disturbance approached the northern tip of India.
If you love snow, there is no better time to visit Kashmir than the winter—snow-clad Pir Panjal range turns Kashmir into every tourist’s dreamland. Tourists flock to places like Gulmarg, Sonamarg, and Srinagar to enjoy snowfall every year as the winter sets in over the region. As the valley saw the first snowfall of the season, hopes of revival in tourism are high in the state. The political tensions in the region have severely affected tourism over the past few months.
It is not very common to witness snowfall for Kashmir so early in the season. Incidentally, in 2018 also, Kashmir received the first snowfall of the season in the first week of November. Met records show that over the past 15 years, only four times Kashmir has witnessed snowfall during November.
Even though the snow brings joy to the tourism industry, it also leads to several hardships for the local population. The apple growers in the state often face the brunt of unseasonal snowfall, as snow causes severe damage to the yield.
This year, as the snowfall started and temperatures dropped to subzero levels on Wednesday, residents faced major disruptions in the road and air transport. Two flights were cancelled and several others were delayed in Srinagar due to snowfall. Multiple roads were closed, and power supply was severely affected across the region.
Forecasts suggest more snowfall for Kashmir. Active western disturbance and its interaction with depression approaching Gujarat is most likely to cause widespread moderate to heavy snowfall and rain in plains of Jammu and Kashmir till November 8, says India Meteorological Department. The snowfall is likely to peak in the night on November 7.