Weather to improve after another spell of rain

By Riyaz Bhat
Srinagar: After a spell of fresh rain across Kashmir, weather is likely to improve after another spell of rains in the next 24 hours, the weather officials said.
The Meteorological Department of Kashmir has issued a fresh warning of light to moderate rain and snowfall for next 24 hours across Kashmir including in the upper reaches and in the plains.
“We are expecting light to moderate rains and snowfall fairly widespread in the next 24 hours due to the affect of as western disturbances,” a weather official predicted.
The official, however, added the weather is likely to improve and may remain dry from February 22 till February 25.
The state Meteorological department recorded 12.77 mm of rainfall in Srinagar, 26 mm in Pahalgam, 42mm in Kupwara, 10.8mm rain and and one inch of snow in Gulmarg. In Banihal 21.5 mm rain, 3.1mm in Kokernag and 3.2mm in Qazigund was recorded from Saturday forenoon till Sunday morning.
Traffic services along the National Highway 1-A, the only link road between Jammu and Srinagar, remained disrupted here on Sunday as vehicular movement was allowed from Srinagar to Jammu only.
Traffic officials told Kashmir Reader that one-way traffic including military convoys was allowed to ply on the strategic 300 km long national highway while as no vehicle was allowed to travel from Jammu to Srinagar.
SP national-highway Sanjay Baghat said no landslides occurred in any area between the two regions. “In some places shooting stones were witnessed, however, the way was cleared immediately while the machines remain alert in the areas prone to shooting-stone,” Bhagat said.
The official, however, added the movement to allow the traffic remains subject to fair weather and the highway condition. On Monday, the traffic authorities have decided to allow the movement of vehicles from Jammu to Srinagar in a regulated manner.