Srinagar-Jammu highway shut today for maintenance
Srinagar: After the slight improvement in weather over past two days, weatherman has predicted another wet spell across J&K from Wednesday till Thursday.
The MeT said weather was expected to turn inclement by Tuesday evening with intensity of precipitation expected on Wednesday.
“By the Tuesday evening, fairly widespread rains will start occurring in different parts of J&K. This will mark the beginning of wet spell for next two days. Light to moderate rains are expected in plains and light snowfall is expected on the higher reaches. During this period, gusty winds and thunderstorm will also be experienced.
“However, the major impact of precipitation will be seen on Wednesday till late evening. Thereafter, there will be gradual decrease in precipitation till Thursday morning, ’’ MeT Deputy Director Srinagar Dr Mukhtar Ahmad told Kashmir Reader.
According to him, weather was expected to improve significantly from forenoon of Thursday across J&K which will be followed by quite longer dry spell till the end of this month. However, he said, isolated rain showers at certain places could not be ruled out between April 27 and 28.
“Largely, we can say that the weather across J&K is expected to remain dry till the end of April month. This will provide a major relief from frequent wet spells occurring over past one week. Though, chances of isolated rain showers on 27-28 April are still there,’’ he added.
The wet spell, as per MeT Centre, can result into the disruption of traffic on the Srinagar to Jammu National Highway along with Srinagar to Leh highway. However, the chances of disruption mainly remain on 21 April, Wednesday. In addition to this, the Centre has also issued “Yellow warning” for next two days across J&K saying that there was the probability of “Isolated heavy rain, snow, thunderstorm and lightning with gusty winds blowing at 30-40 kmph”. The major impact of which, they said, would be seen on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, minimum temperatures dipped considerably across parts of Kashmir.
Weather officials said that Srinagar recorded a low of 7.2 degree Celsius, down from 7.6 degree Celsius on the previous night while Qazigund recorded a low of 4.9 degree Celsius, down from 7.4 degree Celsius on the earlier night.
Pahalgam, officials said, recorded a low of 1.4 degree Celsius which was same as recorded a night before. Kupwara in North Kashmir recorded a low of 4.5 degree Celsius, down 4.8 degree Celsius of the previous night, said the officials.
However, as per officials, Gulmarg recorded an increase in temperatures at 1.0 degree Celsius, relatively higher than the previous night’s minus 0.6 degree Celsius. Similarly, Kokernag too recorded a low of 5.0 degree Celsius, up from 4.1 degree Celsius on the previous night, the officials said.
Meanwhile, vehicular traffic on the Srinagar to Jammu National Highway will remain suspended today. Traffic police authorities said that no vehicular movement shall be allowed on the either side of highway between Nashree and Jawahar Tunnel owing to the maintenance and repairing of the road.