Fresh snowfall in Kashmir

Fresh snowfall in Kashmir

A Met official said Qazigund received 4.4 cm snowfall on Monday, Pahalgam 4.2 cm, Kupwara 4.2 cm, Kokernag 3.6 cm and Srinagar 1.2 cm.

Kashmir areas received snowfall for the second consecutive day Monday, leaving a number of localities in the summer capital Srinagar inundated.

The Srinagar-Jammu highway remained closed due to snowfall and fear of landslides in the morning but was slowly thrown open for stranded vehicles, officials said.

Local Meteorological department here said light to moderate snow and rains would occur across the state in next 48 hours.

A Met official said Qazigund received 4.4 cm snowfall on Monday, Pahalgam 4.2 cm, Kupwara 4.2 cm, Kokernag 3.6 cm and Srinagar 1.2 cm.

He said the hill resort of Pahalgam in south Kashmir received 8.6 cms of snowfall during the night, he added. The ski resort of Gulmarg in north Kashmir received about 45.7 cms of snow till 8:30 am this morning, the official said.

Srinagar, he said, recorded maximum and minimum temperature of 5.2 and minus 1.2 degree Celsius respectively.

The maximum and minimum temperature in Jammu was recorded as 19 and 10.7 degree Celsius respectively while it remained 4.7 and minus 5.2 degree Celsius in Leh.

The fresh snowfall in Srinagar led to inundation of some vital areas including Regal Chowk, Residency Road and LalChowk.

Various city localities including Jawahar Nagar, Rambagh, and Bemina are waterlogged, reports said.

Inspector General of Police (Traffic) Muneer Khan told Greater Kashmir that around 1200 trucks and other passenger vehicles crossed the Jawahar Tunnel on Monday. “In case of fair weather, traffic would ply from Srinagar to Jammu on Tuesday,” he said.

He said the vehicular movement on the highway was stopped for some time in the wake of heavy snowfall.

Meanwhile, Kupwara remained cut-off from the district headquarters for the second day due to closure of Kupwara-Karnah, Kupwara-Machil and Kupwara-Karnahroads  following heavy snowfall.

Reports said the 11000-ft high Sadhna Pass which is located on Kupwara-Karnah road  has received about 3 feet fresh snowfall while as Farkyan Top and Z-Gali—which connect  Keran and Machil areas—received 2 to 3 feet snow. 

(With ShahidRafiq from Kupwara)