No respite from cold wave

MeT Dept Predicts Snowfall From Thursday

AAQIB ASHRAF

Srinagar Dec 12: As Kashmir shivers due to the ongoing cold wave, the Metrological Department Wednesday predicted moderate to heavy snowfall in the valley for next one week from Thursday.
 “As a result of Western disturbances, the entire valley is likely to receive snowfall in coming week. The snowfall might intensify on 13th and 14th of December. The plains will receive light snowfall or rain while the higher places would receive moderate to heavy snowfall,” said an official at MeT department. “This year, the temperatures have shown a considerable fluctuation from normal while the weather remained cold and dry for the most part.”
 Sky in the valley today remained masked with clouds, with most areas reeling under intense cold wave and dry conditions.
 This year the Valley has experienced intense cold wave with both minimum and maximum temperatures deviating from normal, and night temperatures remaining sub-zero.
 According to the official, the summer capital Srinagar recorded maximum of 6.5 degree, 2.5 degree below normal and minimum of minus 0.7 degree Celsius. The gateway town of Qazigund recorded minimum of 1.6 degree and maximum of 6.8 degree Celsius. The tourist destination of Pahalgam recorded minimum of minus 3.4 degree and maximum of 5.4 degree Celsius. The ski resort of Gulmarg recorded minimum of minus 9.5 degree Celsius, while as frontier district of Leh recorded minimum of minus 8.4 degree Celsius and maximum of 2.8 degree Celsius.
 The traffic authorities have advised people to take caution while traveling on the Srinagar-Jammu highway and other high altitude roads.
 Meanwhile, Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Asgar Samoon directed all District Development Commissioners, heads of departments and district Superintendents of Police to set activate men and machinery to be in a state of preparedness to ensure minimum disruption of essential services in the Valley due to harsh conditions.
 "More than hundred snow clearance machines of Mechanical Engineering Department are available for snow clearance operations on roads of Valley," Aamir Ali, an official of the Natural Disaster Management Cell said.
 Civil Defence Volunteers have also been asked to assist the administration in snow clearance wherever required, Ali said, adding, Director CAPD Kashmir has been asked to ensure adequate essential supplies of LPG and Kerosene Oil.

‘Confirm status of Sgr-Jmu highway before travel’
The Traffic Police Wednesday appealed all drivers and passengers who intend to travel by Srinagar-Jammu Highway to necessarily confirm status and condition of the road prior to travelling on it.
“Telephone numbers for confirmation of road situation are Traffic Control Unit Srinagar – 2450022, 2485398, 2455164, Traffic Control Unit, National Highway Ramban- 9419993745 and Traffic Control Unit Jammu- 2459048, 9419147732,” an official spokesman said. “All the drivers and passengers are requested to abide by the directions, for their safe journey.”

Lastupdate on : Wed, 12 Dec 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 12 Dec 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Thu, 13 Dec 2012 00:00:00 IST




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