Snowfall, rains break dry spell in Kashmir

Srinagar-Jammu highway closed for traffic | Cold wave intensifies across Chenab Valley

SHABIR IBN YUSUF
Srinagar, Publish Date: Dec 11 2017 11:11PM | Updated Date: Dec 12 2017 1:08AM
Snowfall, rains break dry spell in KashmirPhoto: Mir Wasim/GK

Kashmir’s higher reaches received fresh snowfall on Monday while heavy rains lashed its plains, breaking the long dry spell and bringing the much-anticipated cheer on the faces of people, even as the Srinagar-Jammu highway was closed for vehicular movement following heavy snowfall along the thoroughfare.

The fresh precipitation has led to rise in minimum temperatures, even as local meteorological department predicted more precipitation across the state in next 24 hours.

A traffic police official said that in view of heavy snowfall around Jawahar Tunnel, the Srinagar-Jammu highway—the only surface link between Kashmir and rest of world—has been closed.

“We closed the highway on Monday evening as it was snowing heavily at some places on the road,” senior superintendent of police (Traffic/Rural), Ajaz Ahmad Bhat told Greater Kashmir.

The decision on re-opening the road will be taken on Tuesday morning after proper assessment, he said.

He said that the intending highway travelers should contact traffic control units before leaving for their destinations on Tuesday.

The rains and snow started on Sunday evening and continued for the whole day Monday, though intermittently at some places, an official said. 

“There has been snowfall in most of the upper reaches of Kashmir during last night,” the meteorological department official said.

The Valley’s plains, including summer capital Srinagar, received rains on Monday.

The official said that the ski-resort of Gulmarg in Baramulla district received over six inches of snow during the previous night. Pahalgam in Anantnag, Sonamarg in Ganderbal, Gurez, Tangdhar and Keran areas have also received fresh snowfall, he said.

The official said that Srinagar recorded a minimum temperature of 3.1 degrees Celsius—up by over four degrees from the previous night’s minus 1.2 degrees Celsius. The city received 4.3 mm rainfall during last night, he said.

The official said that the night temperatures in Srinagar stayed above the freezing point after 12 days.

The tourist resort of Pahalgam, the official said, registered the minimum temperature of 1.5 degrees Celsius as against minus 2.1 degrees Celsius the previous night.

He said that Leh continued to be the coldest recorded place in the state as the mercury settled there at a low of minus 3.7 degrees Celsius last night, which though, was up by over six degrees from minus 9.7 degrees Celsius the previous night.

Kargil, the official said, recorded a low of 0.1 degrees Celsius—over nine degrees up from the previous night’s minus 9.2 degrees Celsius.

 

TAHIR NADEEM KHAN REPORTS FROM BHADERWAH

Mountainous areas of Chenab Valley got season’s first heavy snowfall on Monday.

The mountainous belt of Bhaderwah Valley and some other parts of erstwhile Doda district received moderate to heavy snowfall while the plains witnessed continuous rainfall throughout Monday.

Areas adjacent to Bhaderwah which include Ashapati, SeojDhar, KailashKund, Shankhoja, Dugga, Kansar, SubarDhar, Thubba, Dhamunda, ChattarGali, Mothala, Thannala, Sherakhi, Chinta and Jai Gathi witnessed fresh snowfall in the wee hours.

The higher reaches of Kishtwar, Doda, Ramban, Banihal and Gandoh including Padder, Marwah, Sinthan Top, Mughal Maidan, Dessa, Gurmal, Saraz, Gandri, Kabbi, Neel Top, Mahu, Mangat, Kharri, Kota Top, Kansar, Kilru Top, Tora Top, Garekhra, Sarola, Chensar, Mannu Kota, Chanti, Kaljugasar, Draman and others received moderate snowfall.

However plains across Chenab Valley were lashed by rains since early morning.    

People mostly preferred to remain indoors due to chilly weather and wore woolens.