By Riyaz Bhat
SRINAGAR: After a brief hiatus, Kashmir weather got a cold twist again, while the weatherman predicted light to heavy rains and snowfall for the next 24-36 hours here on Saturday.
“We are expecting a heavy snowfall fairly widespread in the upper reaches and light to moderate snowfall and rains in the plains for next 24-36 hours as the Western Disturbance is active in the region,” said Director Metrological department, Sonam Lotus.
While the weather remained largely dry during the day in Srinagar, it began to rain after the dusk.
Another official of Metrological Department of Kashmir said that January has seen record precipitation of 162.2mm this year so far breaking the previous record of 134.06 mm in 2006.
Meanwhile, Traffic officials were busy clearing stranded vehicles from the Srinagar-Jammu highway, where some landslides near Ramban on Thursday had left thousands of people stranded. No fresh traffic was allowed on Saturday.
“After multiple landslides in Jammu’s Ramban sector, the Srinagar-Jammu highway was partially restored on Saturday. Today we did not allow fresh traffic to ply on Srinagar-Jammu national highway and the vehicles that were standing on roads from last two days will be cleared today and no traffic from either Jammu or Srinagar will be permitted,” said SP traffic, Sanjay Bhagat.
“More than 2,000 vehicles including light motor vehicles and trucks remained stranded on the Srinagar-Jammu highway,” he added.
Meanwhile, officials said no movement of heavy vehicles from any side would be allowed on Sunday on the highway, however, in case of fair weather light vehicles would be allowed from both sides.
However, at the Srinagar airport, officials said all the scheduled flights took off on time.
By Riyaz Bhat