Rains lashed Kashmir or the second consecutive day on Saturday. Meteorological Department has predicted that weather would improve from Monday afternoon while as Srinagar-Jammu highway remained open for one-way traffic.
The MeT officials said Srinagar recorded 3.2mm rainfall, Qazigund 5.2 mm, Pahalgam 13.6 mm, Kupwara 18.2 mm, Kokernag 5.8 mm, Banihal 5.4 mm, and Baderwah 0.4 mm. "During the next 24 hours most parts of Kashmir will receive moderate to heavy rains," MeT told Greater Kashmir. They said that weather would start improving from Monday late afternoon.
The MeT officials said that there has been decrease in temperature due fresh rains. "At least there has been 6 degree decrease in over all temperature in Kashmir," they said.
Irrigation and Flood Control Department officials said that the water level in river Jhelum is below normal. "So far it is below normal. In summer this is normal," Chief Engineer Irrigation and Flood Control, Javid Jaffer told Greater Kashmir.
Despite intermittent rain the Srinagar-Jammu highway, connecting Kashmir with the rest of the country was through for one way traffic with some restrictions. Only one-way traffic would continue on the highway keeping in view the condition of road stretch between Batote and Banihal where width of the road formation has shrunk due to continuous sliding, sinking of road, Traffic Police Officials said here.
They said hundreds of vehicles, including those carrying essentials for the Kashmir, left Jammu this morning. No vehicle was allowed to move from Srinagar to Jammu today, officials said adding that on Sunday traffic would ply from Srinagar to Jammu.
Meanwhile, Traffic Police Officials said that snow clearance operation was going on at Mughal road. They said that road is likely to reopen for traffic in mid April if there is no fresh major snowfall.
They said that Ladakh region continuous to remain cut off from Kashmir though the Border Roads Organization (BRO), responsible for the maintenance of the highway, has put into service sophisticated machine and men to clear the snow.