Met office forecast dry,foggy conditions

Fog Disrupts Flights,Train Services;Highway Open For One-Way Traffic

ZAHID MAQBOOL/ABHINAV VERMA

Srinagar/Jammu, Dec 30: While the Valley continued to remain in the grip of freezing cold, Met office on Sunday said the weather is likely to remain dry for at least next four days.
 “Though weather will remain cold and cloudy, there would be no rainfall or snow in the Valley at least for the next one week. As the Western Disturbances are moving away from the Valley, we are expecting the weather to improve from tomorrow and the skies will be clear for one week,” Director Meteorological Department, Sonam Lotus told Greater Kashmir.
 Lotus said due to temperature inversion, dense fog will engulf many areas in the State particularly Jammu, “Foggy conditions will persist usually in mornings in some areas of the State. However, fog will mostly affect Jammu. It may even disrupt the flights and vehicular movement. However with the increase in temperature and wind speed as the day progresses, the visibility will be clear,” he said.
 The official said that in the coming days, night temperature will decrease by few notches while as day temperature is likely to increase due to clear skies.
 Kashmir valley witnessed widespread rains and snowfall on 28 and 29 December with hill resorts of Gulmarg and Pahalgam receiving heavy snow.

FOG DISRUPTS FLIGHTS
 While dense fog in Jammu and neighboring states continued to disrupt air and rail services, Jammu-Srinagar highway was reopened for one-way vehicular traffic from Jammu to Srinagar.
 A blanket of fog continued to envelop the city and its outskirts for almost a week now disrupting rail and air traffic even as mercury plummeted sharply leaving Jammuites shivering.
 Official sources said that around a dozen trains and eight flights were delayed due to dense fog in Jammu, Punjab and Delhi.
 According to Northern Railway officials, the trains which recorded disruptions due to fog included the Jehlum, Jammu Tawi, JT Pooja Express, Jammu Hawra Express and Jammu-Tawi Indoor Express.
 Most of these trains were delayed late by 4-11 hours leaving commuters to face the chilling weather.
 Flight operations at Jammu Airport were also disrupted with 8 out of total 17 flights delayed.
 Officials said that Delhi flights of Jet Airways, Jet Connect, Spice Jet and Jaipur flight of Spice Jet were delayed by around one hour.
 The fog started to descend at the airport in the wee hours due to which the runway visibility dipped. However, the officials said that it was visibility problem at New Delhi airport which was the main reason for the flight delay.

HIGHWAY OPEN FOR ONE-WAY TRAFFIC
 The 300-kilometer long Jammu-Srinagar highway was meanwhile thrown open for one way traffic.
 “The highway has been reopened for vehicular traffic. One way traffic from Jammu to Kashmir was allowed today,” police said.
 First, all vehicles stranded at various places on the highway were cleared, they said.
 Later, movement of vehicles, including those carrying passengers and essentials, was allowed from Jammu to Kashmir.
 However, no vehicle was allowed from Srinagar to Jammu, police said.
 Accumulation of snow on either side of the Jawahar Tunnel had led to closure of the Jammu-Srinagar national highway.
 A Traffic police spokesperson said that on Monday vehicles will be allowed to move from Kashmir to Jammu. “All kinds of vehicles would be allowed to travel from Kashmir side towards Jammu tomorrow if weather conditions remain normal.”
 The Traffic official said that all vehicles are required to pass TCP Panthachowk by 9 am, Khannabal by 11 pm and Qazigund by 12 noon.

Lastupdate on : Sun, 30 Dec 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sun, 30 Dec 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Mon, 31 Dec 2012 00:00:00 IST




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