Fresh snowfall, rains in Kashmir

WEATHER

AAQIB ASHRAF/RANJANA CHARAK

Srinagar/Jammu, Dec 13: The upper reaches of Kashmir received fresh snowfall on Thursday while plains had rainfall even as meteorological department said the downpour would continue in coming days. Change in weather has set in a cold wave across Jammu region plunging the temperature several notches below normal.
“There are more chances of snowfall and rain due to the weather system that has developed over Kashmir,” said an official at local Met department. The higher reaches of Valley including tourist resort of Gulmarg in North Kashmir, Pahalgam in south Kashmir and Pir Panjal mountainous range received fresh snowfall.
The Met official said different places along Srinagar-Jammu highway including Qazigund, Jawahar Tunnel and Banihal were also lashed by moderate snowfall. Reports of snowfall were also received from Shopian, Sonamarg and higher reaches of Bandipora. Plains including the summer capital Srinagar received intermittent rainfall throughout the day.
However there was no respite from the cold as adverse weather conditions continue to prevail in the valley.
The temperatures continued to remain below normal in most parts of the valley, the official said.
Traffic was severally affected, particularly in the summer capital due to traffic jams.
There was disruption in the traffic on Srinagar-Jammu highway due to slippery road condition.
As chilly weather continued, people especially children and women preferred to stay indoors. However roadside vendors and shopkeepers have been witnessing brisk sale of woolen clothes used by people in winter to keep themselves warm.
“Despite less rush of people to market the sale of woolens has considerably increased,” said a shopkeeper at Lal Chowk.
Leh remained the coldest place of the state, recording minimum of minus 9.0 and maximum of 3 degree Celsius.
The official said Srinagar recorded maximum temperature of 4.4 degree, five degrees below normal, and minimum of minus 0.8 degree.
The traffic department has restricted movement of heavy vehicles along Jammu-Srinagar highway.
Reports indicate that due to the snowfall at Patnitop and Jawahar Tunnel and slippery condition of the road, traffic department stopped movement of heavy vehicles from both sides of the highway from Thursday afternoon.
Talking to Greater Kashmir, SP Rural (Traffic) Manzoor Ahmad Dalal said that traffic flow on the highway remained normal. “In case of normal weather condition on Friday, the traffic movement will be normal on the highway,” he said.
In Jammu, the maximum temperature plunged to 16.8 degree Celsius and minimum to 10.7 degree Celsius against 20.7 and 9.2 degree respectively on the previous day.
Met office attributed the sudden cold wave to the western disturbances due to building of low pressure.
The Met official also predicted that the area will witness low visibility in the coming days that may continue during whole month of December and even extend up to first week of January.
Reports said entire Chenab Valley was hit by severe cold wave leading to inclement weather conditions. Normal to heavy rains and snowfall continued on the upper reaches on regular intervals till late evening.
Jammu city on Thursday received 1.8 mm rainfall. The city received the last rainfall in the last week of November which was recorded at 3.3 mm.
Meanwhile, freezing weather conditions in the hilly Doda district has compounded the problems of the people due to shortage of kerosene and LPG, besides prolonged power cuts.
The reports from border districts of Poonch and Rajouri also said that the twin districts remained under grip of cold wave due to rains and snowfall in some places.

Lastupdate on : Thu, 13 Dec 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Thu, 13 Dec 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Fri, 14 Dec 2012 00:00:00 IST




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