Rain, snow lash Valley

Rain, snow lash Valley
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Srinagar: Fresh snow dropped on many hilly areas of Jammu and Kashmir while rain fell on the plains due to “a series of western disturbances” on Saturday. Light to moderate rainfall is expected in both hilly and plain regions in the next 24 hours, MeT officials said.
An official at the Srinagar airport said that all the flights took off at the scheduled time and there were no cancellations due to the bad weather.
Traffic movement on the Jammu–Srinagar highway remained operational during the day, but only for one-way traffic from Jammu to Srinagar.
Officials of the traffic department said that the shooting stones and landslides led to the closure of the thoroughfare at 6:30pm.
In view of the avalanche warning on the highway, people have also been advised not to park their vehicles in any zone prone to landslide or avalanche on the highway.
Gulmarg, Tangmarg, and Gurez areas received snowfall today with 7.1 inchs of snowfall recorded in Gulmarg.
Officials at the Mechanical Engineering Department told Kashmir Reader that two machines have been deployed on the Gulmarg-Tangmarg road to clear the snow.
Many remote villages, including those near the Line of Control (LoC), remain cut off from their respective district and tehsil headquarters, following the closure of Sadhna Top, Z-Gali and Phirkiyan passes due to accumulation of snow.
The Razdan pass that connects Gurez with Bandipora is already closed due to snow and slippery road conditions since last week, while the 86-km-long Mughal road connecting Shopian with Rajouri has been shut for vehicular traffic since December.
As per the Met Department, Srinagar received 4mm of rain on Saturday, Qazigund received 14.4mm, and Banihal 15.2mm, Pahalgam 3.6mm, Gulmarg 11.4mm, Kukernag 5.3mm, Kupwara 8mm, and Jammu 3mm.
Weather is likely to improve after 24 hours and may remain dry for a few days, a MeT official said.

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