Rains again started to lash Kashmir Friday even as Meteorological Department has predicted erratic weather till Sunday evening.
MeT officials said that light rainfall started in most parts of Kashmir Friday evening. "A western disturbance has arrived here. Under its influence weather would remain generally cloudy with light to moderate rainfall during the next three days in the state," MeT officials told Greater Kashmir. They said intensity of the expected rainfall would be much less than of last week.
MeT officials said that during the two days there will be intermittent rains. "Some higher reaches are likely to receive heavy rains," they said, adding that in plains there will be light to moderate rains.
On Friday, sun played hide and seek after recording above normal minimum temperature. However, there was drop in the minimum temperature at Leh while it surged in border town of Kargil in Ladakh, which continues to remain cut off from Kashmir since December last year due to accumulation of snow.
Officials said that the minimum temperature was six degrees Celsius in Srinagar on Friday while as it was 0.5 in Gulmarg and 1.7 in Pahalgam.
They said Leh and Kargil towns of the Ladakh region recorded 2.6 and minus one degree Celsius as the minimum temperatures on Friday respectively. In the Jammu region, Jammu city recorded 17.2 Celsius as the minimum temperature. Katra recorded 18.1, Batote 11.8, Banihal 10.2, Bhaderwah 7.6 and Udhampur town 14 as minimum temperatures, they added.
Meanwhile only one-way traffic on the Srinagar-Jammu highway will continue till further orders. Traffic Police officials said that keeping in view the condition of road stretch between Batote and Banihal particularly at Mandir point Patnitop, KikerMorhBatote, Nashri, Dilwas, Peera and WaganRamso where width of the road formation has shrunk due to continuous sinking of road, vehicles from Jammu and Srinagar will continue to ply on alternative days.
They said hundreds of vehicles including passenger vehicles and trucks loaded with essentials left Srinagar Friday morning.