More snow, rain coming this week

More snow, rain coming this week
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Highway open for traffic from Srinagar to Jammu today, airport running normally

SRINAGAR: Kashmir Valley is likely to receive fresh snow and rainfall from Friday, a weather pattern which may prevail till January 14, MeT Director for J&K, Sonum Lotus, said today.
Lotus, as quoted by the government spokesperson, has said that a weather system has built up which will lead to fresh snowfall, though with less intensity than that of last Friday when the valley received first major snowfall of the winter.
“Wet weather conditions marked by light to moderate snowfall and rains are likely to prevail till January 14,” he said.
For Wednesday, scattered precipitation is likely to prevail for the third consecutive day. This however has not impacted the Srinagar-Jammu a highway, and air traffic, which continue to remain operational.
An official of the MeT department told Kashmir Reader that the weather will mostly remain cloudy, but isolated areas may get rain and snowfall. The valley since Friday has remained cloudy, with improvement in daily temperature.
Srinagar has seen increase in both day and night temperatures by many degrees. It was minus 7.8, the highest in the decade, a week ago but has risen to minus 2. It even touched zero one night. North Kashmir’s Kupwara district on Tuesday recorded minus .4 degree during the night and 7.1 degree Celsius in the day.
Drass continued to freeze at minus 17 degrees, followed by Kargil at minus 15, and Gulmarg at minus 9.
The MeT official said that the increase in temperature has brought some respite to people from the biting cold.
A traffic official said that movement of traffic will remain open from Srinagar to Jammu on Wednesday. An airport traffic official said that all 24 flights will operate as usual. Flights were suspended on Friday and Saturday but resumed on Sunday.
Kashmir is it going through Chillai-Kalan, the harshest winter period that lasts for 40 days from December 21 to Januray 31. The Chillai-Khurd comes next, for 20 days, followed by Chillai-Bachi for 10 days. During the Kalan, temperature dives below freezing point.