Sky to be cloudy till Friday; highway likely to be opened for all traffic today
Srinagar: Light to moderate rain and snowfall is likely to occur at most places in Kashmir Valley over the next 24 hours, a Met official said on Wednesday. He said that the sky would remain cloudy for the next two days and from March 3 onwards, weather would improve across the Valley.
“There are chances of light rain or snow at most places across the Valley. The sky would remain cloudy till March 3; thereafter, we may see weather conditions improving,” the official said.
In Srinagar and elsewhere in Kashmir, rains disrupted normal life and temperature dipped a few notches below normal on Wednesday. Srinagar received 3.6mm of rainfall with maximum temperature recorded at 8.4 degree Celsius and minimum temperature at 4.8 degree Celsius. On Tuesday, Srinagar had recorded maximum temperature of 13.4 degree Celsius.
Higher reaches in central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district received fresh snowfall on Wednesday, with the snow beginning to fall since early morning. Tourist resort Sonamarg and other areas of Ganderbal such as Gaganigar, Rezan, Kullan, and Gund received fresh snowfall, while the plains received rains.
Officials said that Sonamarg, which has already been closed for the winter season, received 6 inches of fresh snowfall and it was still continuing when the last reports came in.
Tourist resort Gulmarg recorded its lowest temperature at -2.8 degree Celsius. It received 5 inches of snowfall and about 14mm of rainfall on Wednesday.
“Kupwara received 20.6mm of rainfall, Qazigund 6.4mm, Pahalgam 10.4mm, and Kokernag 12.4mm on Wednesday,” the Met official informed.
The rains also affected the first day of school after winter vacations in the Valley. Many students faced problems in reaching their schools.
Traffic on the Srinagar-Jammu national highway was partially resumed on Wednesday after a landslide at Meher area of Ramban district had forced the closure of the highway for all vehicles on Tuesday. Officials of the traffic department said that the highway was opened for one-way traffic on Wednesday from Jammu to Srinagar, only for light motor vehicles.
Sanjay Kumar Baghat, Superintendent of Police for traffic on the national highway, told Kashmir Reader that massive landslides in Mehar area of Ramban had badly damaged a portion of the highway.
“The road was, however, cleared of the landslides and was made available for one-way traffic from Jammu to Srinagar for light motor vehicles on Wednesday. We are monitoring the situation and will take a decision for opening the road for all types of vehicles once we deem the road fit for the traffic,” Baghat said.
The official said that if the weather was fair on Thursday, the highway would be opened for all types of traffic.
With inputs from Sheikh Anees