MeT predicts no major snowfall in Kashmir this week

MeT predicts no major snowfall in Kashmir this week
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 Highway open for one-way traffic

SRINAGAR: The temperature is likely to  go up and there is no forecast of snowfall in coming days across Kashmir Valley, Sonum Lotus, director Metrological Department Kashmir, said Tuesday.

“There may be scattered rainfall in plains and snowfall in upper reaches on Wednesday. The coming days may have better weather, and there is likeliness of improvement in temperature too,” Lotus said.

Kashmir these days is bracing for early winter which has already started with massive snowfall last week. Temperature has gone down to minus 6 degrees Celsius in parts of the valley.

With a minimum temperature recorded at minus 6.2 degrees Celsius on Tuesday, Kargil town was the coldest in Jammu and Kashmir. Plain areas received slight rainfall but there was no major snowfall in the upper reaches.

Leh in Ladakh region recorded the lowest at minus 5 degrees Celsius, while Gulmarg was minus 4, Srinagar 3.2, and  Pahalgam at 1.1 degrees Celsius minimum.

Jammu regions were relatively better. Katra recorded 11.6 degrees Celsius, Batote 5.1, Bannihal 3.7, and Bhaderwah 3.6 as minimum temperature.

The Srinagar-Jammu highway remained open for one-way traffic on Tuesday. It will be open on Wednesday for traffic from Srinagar to Jammu, a traffic official said.