By Sumiya Shah
SRINAGAR: Intense cold conditions continued in the Kashmir Valley on Sunday as the weather office forecast fresh rain and snow during the next 24 hours.
“Light snowfall in lower reaches and moderate snowfall in higher reaches and hilly areas. Some places in higher reaches may receive heavy snowfall during next 24 hours,” Director State Metrological department, Sonam Lotus told Kashmir Reader.
After recording the season’s lowest maximum temperature at 2.1 degrees Celsius in Srinagar on Saturday, the minimum temperature was minus 2.3 degrees Celsius on Sunday, MeT said.
Severe cold has resulted in freezing of water bodies, while frozen water supply pipes have given residents a tough time over the last few days.
“I have to wait in the morning till 10am to get fresh as all water pipes frozen,” Insha, a resident of old Srinagar said.
The precipitation can lead to slight increase in night temperature and slight decrease in day temperature, the weatherman said.
As per the met department, Kargil recorded minimum night temperature of minus 10 degree Celsius while Ladakh recorded minus 13. Tourist resorts, Gulmarg and Pahalgam recorded a low of minus 10.5 and 0 degree Celsius respectively.
In the wake of fresh prediction of snowfall, the authorities have geared up men and machinery for snow clearance.
“We have kept men and machinery ready for snow clearance in the city. Also, we have readied our workers to clear interiors. In case of water logging, dewatering pumps will be made operational,” said SMC Joint commissioner Syed Abdul Qasim.
One way traffic on Srinagar-Jammu highway
According to the traffic police, in view the condition of road especially between Udhampur and Ramsoo, only one way movement of heavy vehicles is possible and feasible on Srinagar-Jammu National Highway subject to weather conditions.
However, in order to facilitate the passengers, movement of light motor vehicles, including passenger vehicles will be allowed from both sides. Movement of all such vehicles (excluding buses and Tempo Travellers) will be allowed from Nagrota, Jammu towards Srinagar side from 0500 hours up to 1400 hours and at Udhampur up to 1530 hours only. However, the movement of vehicles bound for Doda and Kishtwar only shall be allowed at Nagrota up to 1500 hours and at Udhampur up to 1630 hours. Movement of all types of LMVs and passenger vehicles from Srinagar towards Jammu side shall be allowed at Levdora, Qazigund from 0800 hours up to 1500 hours only. Strict implementation of cut off timings will be ensured for hassle free movement, a traffic police spokesman said. No movement of heavy motor vehicles including convoys of Army, BSF, and CRPF will be allowed from Jammu towards Srinagar.