Rains continue to disrupt life in Kashmir; dry weather predicted from today

Srinagar: Kashmir Valley witnessed intermittent rainfall on Monday, even as the Meteorological department has predicted dry weather from Tuesday.
“From Tuesday, the weather is expected to remain mostly dry for the remaining week with some clouds, while thunderstorm and light rainfall is likely to occur during evening hours at some places,” director MeT department, Sonam Lotus, told Kashmir Reader.
In the last three days, Valley has witnessed moderate to heavy rainfall in the plains and the higher reaches. The higher reaches also witnessed fresh snowfall.
The wet weather and the consequent drop in temperature have affected routine life in the region.
According to the MeT officials, tourist destination Gulmarg received 12 inch of snow in the last night, while 4.5 feet snow was recorded at Sadhnatop, Kupwara.
The snowfall has led to the closure of Kupwara-Tanghdar highway.
Srinagar city received 4 mm rain on Monday. The maximum temperature recorded was 14.1 degree Celsius, which is about 4 degrees below normal. The minimum temperature recorded was 4.6 degree Celsius.
Meanwhile, the traffic officials told Kashmir Reader that Srinagar-Jammu highway remained open for traffic during the day.
However, the highway was closed in the evening during the evening hours.
They said the road would be open for traffic on Tuesday if the weather stays dry.
Bad weather also led to cancellation of the weekly ‘Karvan-e-Aman’ bus service, which operates between Srinagar and Muzzaffarabad in Pakistan-administered Kashmir (PaK) every Monday.
The service was suspended for the week after landslides triggered by incessant rains blocked the 170-km road across the Line of Control (LoC), the officials said.
They said the authorities in PaK informed their Indian counterparts about the Uri-Muzaffarabad stretch being blocked at several places due to landslides triggered by heavy rains.
Earlier, the state administration had issued advisory and warning to the all district headquarters about the possibility of avalanches and landslides at higher reaches of Kashmir.
However, according the police control room, no land sliding was reported from anywhere in Kashmir till late Monday evening.