Sun shines in Valley with MeT predicting more improvement from today

Sun shines in Valley with MeT predicting more improvement from today

Srinagar-Jammu highway re-opens but Mughal road, Leh highway closed

Banihal/Jammu: After three days of closure due to inclement weather and landslides, Srinagar-Jammu highway reopened for vehicular traffic on Monday while weather witnessed improvement.
Meteorological Centre Srinagar said that though there was an improvement in weather conditions after days of rain and snow but overall improvement will occur from Tuesday. It advised people living in remote and hilly areas to stay alert in the face of the threat of snow avalanche.
“Weather is cloudy at most places. Light Rain/snow is possible at scattered places. People in snowbound area are again requested to remain cautious at least till nxt 1-2days,” a MeT official said. The improvement in weather resulted in clearing the strategic Srinagar-Jammu highway for traffic. The highway was shut as landslides triggered by snow and rains blocked the road. A traffic official said the traffic was allowed from Jammu to Srinagar on Monday morning. Traffic from Srinagar towards Jammu got green signal only after 11 am, it said.
“Tomorrow, subject to fair weather and better road conditions, LMVs passengers shall be allowed from Srinagar towards Jammu (only one way) in view of narrow and slippery conditions of road at many places on Jammu-Srinagar highway,” traffic police said in a statement.
It said that traffic shall be allowed from Navyug Tunnel (Qazigund side) at 0900 hours upto 1300 hours. “No Bus will be allowed. TCU Srinagar shall liaise with TCU Ramban before releasing the traffic,” it said, adding that no vehicle would be allowed before and after cut off timing.
Earlier, officials said traffic from both the Jammu and Srinagar was allowed after the arterial road was cleared of landslides at Panthiyal and Maroog by the concerned agencies.
During the day, traffic was temporarily halted at Nagrota Jammu and Jakhani Udhampur in view of the fresh landslides which were cleared by road clearance agencies, paving way for resumption of travel, the officials said.
Meanwhile, Mughal Road, connecting Shopian with Poonch and Rajouri districts, remained closed for vehicular movement in view of snow accumulation at Peer Ki Gali.
Also, Srinagar-Sonamarg-Gumri road remained shut for vehicular movement in view of snow accumulation on Zoji la axis and will be closed till further orders.
Traffic movement on Kishtwar-Sinthan road also has been halted on Kishtwar-Sinthan road in view of snow accumulation, the official said.
Meanwhile, Gulmarg recorded a low of minus 10 degrees Celsius for the second consecutive night, while Pahalgam recorded a low of minus 2.6 degrees Celsius.
Srinagar was the one of the two places to record minimum temperature above freezing point as the minimum settled at 0.2 degrees Celsius on Sunday night, the officials said
They said Qazigund recorded a minimum of 0.6 degrees Celsius, while the nearby south Kashmir town of Kokernag recorded a low of minus 1.7 degrees Celsius.
The minimum temperature in Kupwara in north Kashmir settled at a low of minus 0.6 degrees Celsius.

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