Highways shut for fifth day
SRINAGAR: The weatherman has predicted respite from wet weather in Kashmir Valley from Sunday.
Director J&K Meteorological Department Sonam Lotus told Kashmir Reader that weather will show improvement from Sunday morning, however, chances of light rains and snowfall in some hilly areas cannot be ruled out. He said that dry weather was expected for the next four days.
“Nothing in the weather suggests that there is going to be rainy weather in coming days. The weather began to improve from Saturday and from Sunday there will be more clear sky. There will also be improvement in the temperature which has gone down in the past many days,” Lotus said.
The valley faced inclement weather for the last five days leading to closure of Srinagar-Jammu highway for the fourth consecutive day on Saturday.
Efforts to resume traffic movement on 300-km highway, the only all-weather surface link between Kashmir and Jammu, were hampered by continuous rain and snowfall in Ramban-Banihal-Qazigund sectors, forcing authorities to suspend traffic on the arterial road for the fourth day today.
Repeated landslides and shooting of stones triggered by incessant rains in Ramban sector is hampering road clearance process. The historic Mughal Road connecting Shopian in south Kashmir with Rajouri and Poonch in Jammu region also received fresh snowfall. The road is closed from January and is expected to open in April or May.
Heavy rain and snowfall also brought the mercury below freezing point at many places in the valley.
Srinagar recorded a low of minus 1 degree Celsius – four degrees below normal during this part of the season, while the ski resort of Gulmarg, which experienced over two feet of fresh snow during this week, continued to be the coldest recorded place in the state with a low of minus 7.4 degrees Celsius, two notches down from the previous night.
Similarly Pahalgam hill resort in south Kashmir witnessed a fall of two degrees in night temperature settling at minus 2.0 degrees Celsius.