Chillai Kalan Ends
Upper reaches receive fresh snow, plains rain
UMER MAQBOOL DAR
Srinagar, Jan 30: The upper reaches of the Valley on Sunday received fresh spell of snowfall while plains received rain on the last day of the 40-day Chillai Kalan.
The Srinagar-Jammu highway was temporarily closed till morning following accumulation of snow on various road stretches.
“Pahalgam, Kupwara, Qazigund and Gulmarg witnessed snowfall, while entire Valley received rainfall,” Assistant Metrological Officer, R L Pandita told Greater Kashmir.
He said Srinagar city recorded 0.8 mm rainfall, Banihal 7.4 mm, Batote 11.4 and Katra 6.8 mm.
“There are chances of snowfall on February 6 and 7 in some areas of the Valley,” he said.
The bone chilling coldest period of the year, Chillai Kalan also ended today. The 40 day period of the year, sets on December 21 and ends on January 30.
The snowfall also caused temporary closure of 300 kilometer Srinagar–Jammu highway from Saturday night till 9 AM this morning.
The traffic on the highway was restored after clearing of snowfall at Jawaharlal Tunnel and Shaitan Nallah area, which respectively received nine and 11 inches of snow.
“The highway was thrown open for traffic movement and more than 2000 vehicles proceeded to Jammu while as nearly 200 stranded vehicles at Banihal, were also cleared,” Senior Superintendent of Police (Traffic) Rural Kashmir, G M Wadoo told Greater Kashmir.
He said traffic would ply from Jammu to Srinagar on Monday subject to fair weather conditions.
Lastupdate on : Sun, 30 Jan 2011 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sun, 30 Jan 2011 18:30:00 GMT
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