Weather likely to improve by today evening: Met
By Insha Latif
Srinagar: Kashmir witnessed fresh snowfall and mild rain on Wednesday, a day after downpour ended the longest dry spell the Valley has seen in decades. However, the meteorological department predicted improvement in weather on January 5.
Weatherman says the Valley might witness more snow and rains from Friday.
Sonam Lotus, director of Meteorological department told Kashmir Reader that snowfall continued in higher reaches of Kashmir and Ladakh but the situation is likely to improve by this (Wednesday) evening.
“Another spell of rain during the intervening night of January 6 and 7 is likely. There can be moderate snowfall in upper reaches and light rains and snowfall in plains,” he said.
Srinagar witnessed light snowfall and drizzle on Wednesday morning. However, the conditions improved in the second half of the day.
Gulmarg witnessed 16 inches of snowfall. Pahalgam received 3.0mm rainfall, while as Kupwara received 12.2mm rainfall till Wednesday evening.
In Anantnag district, Kokernag received 1.9 mm rainfall, while as Qazigundreceived3.6 mm rainfall. Srinagar received 1.5 mm rainfall till late Wednesday evening.
Snowfall and rains have improved the night temperature, giving respite to residents from bitter cold conditions.
Met officials said Srinagar recorded a maximum temperature of 3.2 degrees Celsius on Wednesday, while as Gulmarg witnessed maximum temperature of minus 1.0 degree Celsius. In Pahalgam, the maximum temperature stood at 5.4 degrees Celsius. Kokernag recorded a maximum temperature of 10.8 degrees Celsius, while as Kupwara recorded maximum temperature of 1.6 degrees Celsius. The maximum temperature at Leh was recorded at 6.0 degrees Celsius.
The snowfall led to the closure of Mughal Road and Srinagar-Ladakh Highway, whereas Srinagar–Jammu highway remained open for traffic. Srinagar-Leh Highway remains closed due to slippery road conditions. Due to heavy snowfall at Razdan Top, Gurez road has already been closed for traffic.
Officials in traffic department said, “We have informed our people not to let vehicles move until our further orders. Some of the vehicles stuck after fresh snowfall.”
According to SMC officials, they did not receive any complaints of water-logging in Srinagar city so far.