Day temperature recorded increase across Kashmir Tuesday as the weatherman predicted light snow and rains at isolated places in the next 24 hours.
MET officials said that Srinagar and upper reaches including Sadhna top, Machil, Gurez and Gulmarg received light snowfall during the preceding night. “It was light snowfall and it continued for quite some time,” MET officials told Greater Kashmir adding that there are chances of light rain or snow at isolated places in Jammu and Kashmir during the next 24 hours.
After the light snowfall, the weather across the Kashmir remained pleasant for the day. “There was improvement in day temperature today,” MET officials said adding that night temperatures will go further down because of clear skies.
The officials said that Srinagar recorded a low of minus 2.8 degrees Celsius further down from the previous night's minus 2.3 degrees Celsius.
The officials said that there was also improvement in temperatures at tourist spots of Gulmarg and Pahalgam. They said Gulmarg recorded the minimum temperature of minus 12.0 degrees Celsius, slightly up from the previous night's minus 12.4 degrees Celsius. “Gulmarg was the coldest place in Kashmir,” they added.
The mercury in Pahalgam, in Anantnag, they said settled at minus 6.2 degrees Celsius - up three degrees from minus 9.2 degrees Celsius the previous night.
The official said the mercury went down in Qazigund and settled at a low of minus 2.6 degrees Celsius.
The north Kashmir town of Kupwara recorded a low of minus 5.5 degrees Celsius - down nearly two degrees from minus 3.6 degrees Celsius yesterday.
Kokernag, in south Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 3.4 degrees Celsius, compared to yesterday's minus 2.8 degrees Celsius, the official said. MET officials said here that Leh town was the coldest recorded place in Jammu and Kashmir as it registered a low of minus 13.9 degrees Celsius - down by over two degrees from yesterday's minus 11.4 degrees Celsius.
Meanwhile, according to information from the Traffic department, there will be one way traffic on Srinagar-Jammu highway from now on. The decision has been taken keeping view the condition of the road between Udhampur - Ramsoo stretch. On Wednesday traffic shall be permitted from Jammu – Srinagar.
They said that movement of HMVs including oil tankers and convoys of Army etc. shall be allowed from Nagrota, Jammu from 0500 hours up to 1000 hours and at Udhampur up to 1230 hours only. Similarly movement of all types of LMVs/passenger vehicles shall be shall be allowed from Nagrota, Jammu from 0530 hours up to 1100 hours and at Udhampur up to 1400 hours, they added.
The officials said no movement of vehicles including that of convoys of Army, BSF, CRPF etc. shall be allowed from Srinagar towards Jammu. “Strict implementation of the recommendations of the cut off timing shall be ensured for hassle free movement of traffic on National Highway. Strong nakas shall be established at appropriate places for implementation of the directions in letter and spirit,” they said adding that close co-ordination needs to be made with District Police for better results on ground.