GILGIT: The temperature in upper parts of Gilgit Baltistan has dropped to below zero level owing to intermittent rains and snowfall. The intermittent rains and snowfall in upper parts of Astore, Chillas and Skardu and high areas of GB continued for the second consecutive day bringing the mercury below zero and forcing the local people to remain indoors.
In Babusar Top, Chelum Top and Nanga Parbat also snowfall with intervals was continued for the second consecutive day. The mountain peaks of Gilgit-Baltistan were also having intermittent snowfall and sometime rains, causing abrupt fall of temperature and adding to the miseries of the local dwellers.
The Pak-China border area (Sust, Hunza, and Gujal) Pass in the south and Babusar Pass in the north-east connecting the GB with the rest of the country also received snowfall, which disturbed the routine life of locality of high mountain areas and cites of GB. The white strips of snow have covered Hindukush, Himalaya and Karakorum mountains range and can be seen from any part of the valley, presenting an eye-catching view.
Meanwhile, the remotest hilly valleys of Gilgit situated in its extreme north and north-east including Nalter bala, Bagrote and Gasho pahoot have received more than three inches snowfall. An effective weather system producing rainfall/snowfall in different parts of Gilgit Baltistan is likely to persist for a couple of days with gradually increasing intensity and landslides may occur in the vulnerable areas of GB, Meteorological Department said.