Slight respite from cold after fresh snowfall in Kashmir areas

There was not much let up in intense cold wave across Kashmir on Sunday despite fresh snowfall at isolated places in the Valley, even as the local Meteorological department predicted the precipitation to continue for next 24 hours.
Slight respite from cold after fresh snowfall in Kashmir areas
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There was not much let up in intense cold wave across Kashmir on Sunday despite fresh snowfall at isolated places in the Valley, even as the local Meteorological department predicted the precipitation to continue for next 24 hours.

MeT officials here said fresh snowfall was recorded in Gulmarg, Pahalgam and Kupwara areas of Kashmir on Saturday night and Sunday morning.

"There are likely chances of light to moderate snowfall and rains in next 24 hours. There are also likely chances of heavier precipitation in higher reaches because of an active western disturbance in Jammu and Kashmir," a MeT department official said. "An overcast sky led to some relief from intense cold conditions as the mercury increased across Kashmir and Ladakh region."

Officials said 1-cm snow was recorded in Kupwara while ski-resort of Gulmarg and hill resort of Pahalgam received light snowfall on Sunday morning.

Srinagar, which witnessed a relatively sunny day Sunday, saw four degree increase in minimum temperatures and the City recorded a low of minus 2.3 degrees Celsius last night. On Saturday, it recorded a low minus 6.8 degrees Celsius.

Gulmarg, they said, recorded a low of minus 10.5 degrees Celsius, which is up by nearly four degrees from minus 14.4 degrees Celsius the previous night.

The temperatures in Pahalgam went up nearly eight degrees from the previous night's minus 12.0 degrees Celsius to settle at the low of minus 4.6 degrees Celsius.

Officials said Kokernag registered a low of minus 4.7 degrees Celsius, while Kupwara recorded a low of minus 2.8 degrees Celsius. They said the mercury in Qazigund town in south Kashmir settled at a low of minus 4.6 degrees Celsius.

Bannihal, they said, recorded minus 0.8 degree Celsius, Batote 0.9 and Bhaderwah minus 1.9 degree Celsius as the night's lowest temperatures.

Officials said Leh, in Ladakh region, was the coldest recorded place in Jammu and Kashmir as the mercury there settled at a low of minus 13.7 degrees Celsius, which is over three degrees up from yesterday's minus 17.0 degrees Celsius.

Kargil, they said, registered a low of minus 10 degrees Celsius, an increase of over five degrees from minus 15.6 degrees Celsius the previous night.

HIGHWAY OPEN

Traffic Police Department officials here said that keeping in view the condition of road especially, between Udhampur and Ramsoo, only one-way movement of heavy vehicles is possible/feasible on Srinagar-Jammu Highway.

"In view of the above and keeping in view the safety of the commuters and subject to fair weather and good condition of road , the following traffic plan shall be observed on Srinagar -Jammu  on Monday," an official said.

"Movement of HMVs (excluding Trailers and multi-axle vehicles) including of Convoys of Army, BSF, CRPF shall be allowed from Srinagar towards Jammu-side in a regulated manner. Movement of all such vehicles shall be allowed from Levdora, Qazigund from 0800 hours upto 1300 hours only," the official said, adding: "No movement of HMVs including that of convoys of Army, BSF, CRPF shall be allowed from Jammu towards Srinagar  side on Monday under any circumstances."

However, they said, to facilitate the passengers, movement of LMVs and light passenger vehicles shall be allowed both ways. "As such movement of all such vehicles (excluding buses and Tempo Travellers) shall be allowed from Nagrota, Jammu towards  Srinagar side from 0500 hours up to 1400 hours and at Udhampur up to 1530 hours only.  However, the movement of vehicles bound for Doda/ Kishtwar only shall be allowed at Nagrota up to 1500 hours and at Udhampur up to 1630 hours. Further, movement of all types of LMVs/passenger vehicles from Srinagar towards Jammu side shall be allowed at Levdora, Qazigund from 0800 hours up to 1500 hours only. Strict implementation of cut off timings shall be ensured for hassle free movement of traffic on NHW," they said, adding: "Commuters intending to travel between Srinagar and Jammu on Monday are advised to check weather and road condition before starting their journey."

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