‘Strong intensity’ snow expected from Saturday

The local meteorological department Tuesday predicted a heavier spell of snow in Kashmir from next Saturday.
‘Strong intensity’ snow expected from Saturday
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The local meteorological department Tuesday predicted a heavier spell of snow in Kashmir from next Saturday.

A Met official said the snowfall is expected from January 19, peaking on January 22.

"It will likely affect surface and air traffic," he said.

"At higher reaches it can be heaviest. In plains it can be light to moderate."

On Tuesday, Kashmir enjoyed a pleasant sunny day, even as minimum temperatures continue to decline and Srinagar recorded a low of minus 5.8 degree Celsius, a slight improvement from the previous night's minus 6.4 degree Celsius.

Qazigund, the gateway town to the Valley in southern Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 7.2 degree Celsius, down by over a degree, while the nearby Kokernag town registered a minimum temperature of minus 7.2 degree Celsius Monday night, a drop of three degrees.

Kupwara town in northern Kashmir recorded a low of minus 7.7 degree Celsius while Pahalgam settled at minus 12.3. Gulmarg registered a minimum temperature of minus 10 degree Celsius and a maximum of minus 1.6 degree Celsius.

Drass in Kargil district, the second coldest inhabited place in the world, was coldest in the state at minus 26.6 degree Celsius, the Met department official said.

Mercury in Kargil settled at a low of minus 19.2 degree Celsius, while the Leh region recorded minus 17.5 degree Celsius.

Srinagar-Jammu highway, the only all weather road connecting Kashmir valley with the rest of the world, was open for one-way traffic while the Srinagar-Leh and Mughal road remained shut due to accumulation of snow, traffic police department officials said here.

They said vehicles plied from Jammu to Srinagar on Tuesday.

Officials said that roads to border towns of Machil, Keran, Karnah and Tangdhar remained closed since Thursday night, following heavy snowfall. 

They said that dozens of other far-flung and remote villages in Kupwara too remained cut off from their Tehsil and district headquarters after closure of Sadhna top, Z-Gali, Phirkiyan and other passes due to moderate to heavy snowfall.

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