Light rain in plains, snowfall in higher reaches

The 86-km Bandipora-Gurez road has been closed for traffic on Friday after light snowfall and slippery condition at the Razdan Top.

Mudasir Yaqoob
Srinagar, Publish Date: Nov 18 2017 12:24AM | Updated Date: Nov 18 2017 12:24AM
Light rain in plains, snowfall in higher reachesFile Photo

Kashmir on Friday received fresh rains in plains and snowfall in the higher reaches.  However, the weatherman said the amount of rainfall recorded in Srinagar remained was “traceable only”.

Famous tourist destinations Yousmarg, TosaMaidan and Dodhpathri in Budgam received the first snowfall of the season, said an official. He said that about three inches of snow accumulated in Yousmarg area.

Sitaharan village in Khag tehsil and upper areas of Khansahab in the same district also received the first snowfall of the season.

The 86-km Bandipora-Gurez road has been closed for traffic on Friday after light snowfall and slippery condition at the Razdan Top.

An official said that traffic has been suspended “as a precautionary measure.” This is the only road link to Gurez.

However, due to heavy snowfall in Gurez during winters the area remains cut off from rest of the state for almost four months.

The 434-km Srinagar-Leh highway was also closed on Friday due to fresh snowfall in Zojila and Sonamarg areas.

Traffic on the highway, the only road linking the frontier region of Ladakh with the rest of the state, was temporarily suspended after fresh snow caused slippery conditions.

The Border Roads Organisation, which is responsible for the maintenance of the highway, has pressed men and machinery into service to clear the road.

Captain BRO Niraj Kumar Singh told Greater Kashmir, “We are on job and the highway will be thrown open for traffic shortly.”

The higher reaches of the Chenab Valley Friday witnessed season’s first snowfall after a long dry spell.

In the picturesque Bhaderwah Valley, heavy snowfall was witnessed in Kailash mountain range, Asha Pati, Seoj Dhar, Chattar Gali leading to sudden drop in temperature. There was a slight drizzle at some places in Doda, Ramban, Kishtwar and Bhaderwah towns.

Deputy director metrological department Srinagar Dr Mukhtar Ahmad said that on Friday only 1.5mm of rainfall was recorded and does not qualify for the definition of a rainy day, which requires a minimum rainfall of 2.5mm.

“We had only 2.2 mm rainfall on Wednesday in Srinagar. On Thursday, the rains were only traceable and on Friday 1.5 mm rainfall was recorded. These days were not rainy days. The dry spell is not over. These rains are only a temporary relief,” he said.

He added that from September to November, Kashmir should have received at least 96mm rainfall. In November, there must be at least 15mm of rainfall before an end of the dry spell could be declared, he said.

“There is not enough moisture in air, resulting in occurrence of lesser rains. Light to moderate rain is likely to occur in the next 24 hours,” he said.

 

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