Fresh snowfall in Srinagar

For the second consecutive day on Thursday, Srinagar received some more snow while the other parts of Kashmir Valley witnessed snowfall on the third running day.
Fresh snowfall in Srinagar
Photo: Habib Naqash/GK

For the second consecutive day on Thursday, Srinagar received some more snow while the other parts of Kashmir Valley witnessed snowfall on the third running day.

The fresh snowfall led to dip in temperatures even as weatherman predicted another spell of snow and rains from Friday evening.

The traffic on Srinagar-Jammu highway plied normalcy on Thursday. Traffic Police department said in case of fair weather the traffic will run from both sides on Friday.

The snowfall started in Srinagar at 6 AM and continued till 10 AM. Meteorological Department officials said that Srinagar recorded snow and rains equivalent to rainfall of 7.5 mm during the last 24 hours.

On Wednesday, Srinagar had received the first snowfall of the season while as most areas in Kashmir received overnight snow and rains giving much-needed relief from the intense cold to the people, as the mercury rose due to cloud cover.

Because of the snow in Srinagar, the roof-, tree tops and plain fields besides roads turned white for a brief period. This was followed by light rain. Later the sky remained heavily overcast in the city.

Many a city roads were waterlogged due to faulty drainage system.

"There is possibility of light rain or snow at scattered places in next 24 hours," MET officials said adding that there would be another spell of rains and snow from Friday evening. "During the Saturday night there will be light rains and snow."

TEMPERATURES:

MET officials said the minimum temperatures in Srinagar recorded further improvement. They said against minus 0.6 degree Celsius recorded on Wednesday, it was minus 0.1 degree, two notches above normal in Srinagar.

They said that about two feet snow was recorded at Ski-resort of Gulmarg in Baramulla district. They added that peripheral areas of Gulmarg that include Khilanmarg, Kongdoori and Afferwath also received heavy snowfall on Thursday. The resort registered a low of minus 5.2 degrees Celsius, down from the previous night's minus 3.6 degrees Celsius.

Reports said that there was light to moderate snow from Narbal to Tangmarg on Gulmarg road since morning till afternoon.

They said the authorities have decided to allow vehicles with chains tied over wheels only to avoid any slip on Tangmarg-Gulmarg road.

MET officials said that fresh snowfall on third consecutive day on Thursday was also received from Ganderbal, Kupwara, Keran, Machil, Karnah, Gurez, Shopian, Sonamarg, Amaranth and some other areas.

They said that hilly resort of Pahalgam in southern Kashmir, received 3.5 cm snow while as temperature recorded at the resort was a low of minus 1.6 degrees Celsius.

Kokernag, in Anantnag, they said registered a minimum of minus 1.4 degrees Celsius and recorded rains and snow equivalent to 1.9 mm of rainfall while as Qazigund, recorded 3.8 mm of rainfall and snow and the night temperature there settled at a low of 0.6 degrees Celsius.

MET officials said that Kupwara, in north Kashmir, recorded depth of 8.2 cm snow, while the night temperature there settled at a low of minus 1.0 degree Celsius.

Kargil in Ladakh was the coldest recorded place in the state with a low of minus 10.2 degrees Celsius, while the nearby Leh town registered minimum temperature of minus 6.7 degrees Celsius.

HIGHWAY OPEN:

Traffic police officials said that there has been intermittent rain/snowfall on Thursday at Jawahar Tunnel and other areas of the highway.

"This is expected to continue in coming days as well as per the advisory issued by the Meteorological Department," they said adding that it is quite likely that during night hours, water on highway freezes due to dip in temperature during night hours as a result the vehicles may face the risk of skidding/slipping on the road especially near JT leading to accidents.

"Under these circumstances plying of traffic on highway during night hours would not be feasible," traffic officials said.

On Friday, they said, "subject to fair weather and good condition of road, traffic on Jammu -Srinagar Highway will be allowed from both ways with the following restrictions:

From Jammu (Nagrota), Srinagar bound passenger vehicles will be allowed to move only between 0300 hours to 1400 hours while heavy vehicles will be permitted only between 0330 hours to 1300 hours. However, the movement of oil tankers shall be allowed up to 1400 hours.

"No Srinagar bound passenger vehicle and oil tanker will be permitted to cross Udhampur (JekhaniChowk) after 1600 hours while no heavy vehicle will be permitted after 1500 hours.

"From Qazigund light motor vehicles shall be permitted to move towards Jammu only between 0800 hours to 1500 hours while heavy vehicles shall be permitted only between 0830 hours to 1400 hours. However, the movement of fruit laden heavy vehicles only shall be allowed up to 1500 hours."

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