Spell of rain, snow in Valley continues

Srinagar: Many areas in higher reaches of Kashmir Valley received snowfall while rains continued to lash plains since Wednesday  with the meteorological department here predicting wet weather over the next two days.
According to a Met official, Gulmarg and adjoining areas Kangdori, Afarwat, Baba Reshi, Doodpathri, Babareshi, and hills of Uri, Kupwara, Handwara and Bandipora including Tangdhar, Keran, Machil and Gurez received fresh snowfall on Thursday while as plains including Uri, Baramulla, Sopore, Pattan, Kunzar, Tangmarg and other areas received heavy rains on Thursday.  Heavy rainfall was also witnessed in parts of South Kashmir.
Due to landslides near Nand Singh Bridge Uri, the Srinagar-Muzaffarabad road was completely blocked for hours for any vehicular movement. Also, the water level in all the small and big streams in north Kashmir has increased and the roads leading to Tangdhar and Gurez have also been blocked due to heavy snowfall and landslides.
As per the Met officials, Srinagar witnessed 1.7 mm of rainfall from last night which also resulted in a decrease in temperatures with a maximum temperature of 4.3 Celsius and the minimum settling at 3.2 Celsius.
Also, amid the relentless rains in Srinagar on Thursday, normal life was hit in many areas due to waterlogging.
Meanwhile, traffic on the Valley’s main highway that connects Srinagar with Jammu was suspended during the day following landslides at Nashri, Sher Bibi, Panthyal and Ramsoo and due to this, no commercial as well as passenger vehicles will be allowed on Friday on the highway.
“If the weather improves by tomorrow, only stranded passenger vehicles will be cleared. However, no fresh movement of traffic will be allowed tomorrow,” said an official of the traffic control room Jammu.
According to officials, 700 passenger vehicles are stranded between Srinagar and Jammu while road clearance operations will be carried out only after the weather improves.
“In view of the continuous landslides and rains along the route, no vehicular movement is allowed till further orders,” an official  added.