SNOW TO GREET NEW YEAR IN VALLEY

Met Office Forecasts Rains, Snowfall This Weekend

AAQIB ASHRAF

Srinagar, Dec 26: Tourists and locals in Kashmir valley can enjoy a fresh snowfall around the New Year.
“A western disturbance is approaching the Valley that could lead to widespread snowfall in Kashmir from December 29,” Director Metrology Department, Sonam Lotus said.
The news is sure to bring smiles on the faces of holiday-makers who are camping in the Valley especially the famous ski resort of Gulmarg in North Kashmir.
Light rains and snowfall are expected at isolated places in the Valley during the next 24 hours, which will end the ongoing dry spell since the onset of the 'Chillai Kalan', a 40-day harsh period of winter which began on December 21. Kashmir Valley is witnessing unusual sunny weather since the beginning of Chillai Kalan which has made days warmer than normal for this time of the year but the night temperature continues to hover several degrees below freezing point.
The minimum temperature recorded in Srinagar was minus 2.9 degrees Celsius compared to yesterday's minus 1.8 degrees Celsius. The summer capital recorded the season's low of minus 4 on Sunday. The MET spokesman said Kargil in frontier region of Ladakh was the coldest place in the state with a low of minus 15.4 degrees Celsius.
The nearby town of Leh, also in the cold desert of Ladakh, was freezing at a low of minus 13.8 degrees Celsius, the spokesman said. He said Gulmarg recorded a minimum of minus 7.0 degrees Celsius followed by Pahalgam (minus 6.8), Kupwara (minus 3.7), Qazigund (minus 3.2) and Kokernag (minus 2.1).
Meanwhile, traffic authorities said that one-way traffic will continue on Srinagar-Jammu highway till the temperatures tend to normalize.
“Until the condition of highway doesn’t improve and temperatures don’t stabilize, only one-way traffic will be allowed to ply on the highway. Frost on the highway is making the things difficult,” SP Rural Traffic, Manzoor Ahmad Dalal said.
“Tomorrow, traffic will ply from Srinagar to Jammu,” he added.

Lastupdate on : Wed, 26 Dec 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 26 Dec 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Thu, 27 Dec 2012 00:00:00 IST




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