Rains, snow break long dry spell in Valley

Srinagar: Fresh snowfall and rains on Thursday in the state, including Srinagar, broke the nearly two-month-long dry spell.
Director Met department Kashmir, Sonam Lotus said it snowed in the higher reaches of Kashmir like Gulmarg, Pahalgam, Peer Ki Gali on Mughal Road in Shopian, Sonamarg, Sadhna Top and Gurez.
In the afternoon it snowed for a while in Srinagar but the snowfall became relatively heavier in the evening.
There is possibility of light to moderate rainfall or snowfall in the next two days, a Met official said.
Srinagar received 15mm rainfall and recorded the maximum temperature of 5.3 degrees Celsius and the minimum of 1.3 degrees Celsius.
Gulmarg received 60 cm of snow till this evening while Pahalgam and Banihal received 12 and 8 cm snow respectively. Gulmarg was also the coldest place in the Valley, recording the minimum temperature of minus 4.5 degrees Celsius. Leh recorded minus 4.2 degrees Celsius and Kargil minus 4 degrees Celsius last night.
Meanwhile traffic control room said that there was heavy snowing in
The Jammu-Srinagar highway was closed till further orders by the traffic department following landslides triggered by heavy snowfall and rains at Banihal, Patnitop, Kud and other areas.
Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Asgar Samoon issued “medium-danger” avalanche warning for snowbound areas in Qazigund, Shopian, Chowkibal-Tangdar, Taya, Ragini, Puttakhan, Zunegund, Malai, Pharkiyan, Keran Sector, Bandipora Rajdhan, Gulmarg, Neeru, Burab, Chakwali, Naugaon, Kaiyan, Radha TMG, Padam, Zebra, Patlala, Z-Gali, Macchal, Dhudi, Tsuntwarl, Drass Sector, Kargil Sector and Higher reaches of Kulgam and Anantnag in Kashmir.
People have been advised not to venture in steep avalanche-prone slopes in the next 24 hours.
People are also advised to keep cleaning the snow from roof top of their houses to avoid any causality due to roof collapse.
District administration in Kulgam district evacuated about 30 families from Waltengu Nad, a remote area in the district and prone to avalanches, to safer places. Deputy commissioner Kulgam Dr Syed Abid said there is no need to panic as the district administration is fully prepared to respond to any situation arising out of the snowfall.
“Since Waltengoo Nad is most prone to avalanches therefore to ensure there is no loss of life we decided to evacuate all the families living on the top of the mountain,” the DC told Kashmir Reader.
DGP asks police to aid civil authorities
Director general of police K Rajendra directed senior police functionaries to work with the civil administration and local bodies in all snowbound-areas in clearance of roads leading to the hospitals and other important installations. He issued instructions to work with the civil administration and make functional police control rooms round the clock so that the problems of the people are eased.