Fresh snow, rains bring down temperatures; Slides block NHW, traffic suspended

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 3/1/2021 12:42:30 PM

JAMMU/SRINAGAR, Feb 27: Traffic on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway was suspended on Saturday after heavy rains triggered landslides along the Ramban-Ramsoo stretch, officials said.
The authorities on Saturday suspended the vehicular movement on Srinagar-Jammu National Highway due to landslides and shooting stones at several places of Ramban district.
An official said that due to landslides and shooting stones at Magerkot, the tarffic movement has been suspended on the highway-connecting Kashmir valley with rest of the country.
He said that rainfall also triggered shooting stones and landslides at Panthyal and other areas on the highway.
The official said that vehicles have been stopped at Ramban and Chanderkote in Ramban district, Chenani and Nagrote in Udhampur and Jammu districts respectively.
Earlier, traffic movement was halted on the Highway on Friday in view of dry day as the day is meant for maintenance and repairs.
The authorities concerned said that the restoration work on the highway will resume once the rain stops completely.
"Landslide debris clearance will start as soon as the rain stops," an official stated.
An official said that the traffic authorities had today planned vehicular movement on highway from Jammu towards Srinagar.
Meanwhile, fresh snowfall in Kashmir on Saturday brought back cold wave-like conditions in the Valley where the day temperature for the past week was several degrees higher than normal for this time of the year, officials said.
Fresh snowfall was reported from most parts of Kashmir, including Srinagarand rains lashed the plains.
The precipitation brought down the day temperature by several degrees. While the maximum temperature on Friday was 15 degree Celsius, the minimum temperature was 3.8 degree Celsius.
The maximum temperature over the past week had been six to seven degrees above normal for this time of the year.
A meteorological department official said that the Gulmarg in north Kashmir received rain or snow of 23.2mm in last 24 hours till 0830 hours. The resort, the venue for the ongoing second Khelo India Winter Games, also recorded a low of minus 2.2°C against minus 0.8°C earlier night, the official said. Reports about snowfall on other higher reaches were also received from other parts of the Valley.
The MeT official said that Srinagar recorded a low of 4.7°C against 8.0°C on the previous night. The temperature was 3.2 degrees Celsius above the normal for this time of the year in Srinagar where 9mm rainfall was recorded during the time, the official said.
Qazigund recorded a low of 2.2°C against 5.7°C on the previous night while the gateway town of J&K had 23.2mm of rainfall during the time. The mercury settled at 0.3°C at Pahalgam against 3.0°C on the earlier night while the famous health resort had 18.5mm of rainfall during the time.
Kokernag, also in south Kashmir, recorded a low of 0.1°C against 5.2°C on the previous night and had a rainfall of 31.4mm.
The minimum temperature settled at 0.7°C in Kupwara against 4.4°C on the previous night even as the northern Kashmir district recorded rainfall of 45.4mm, highest anywhere during the time, he said.
Meteorological department officials said that intermittent light to moderate rain in plains and snow over higher reaches of Jammu and Kashmir was most likely to continue today. “There would be significant decrease in rain /snow from tomorrow onwards,” they said, adding, “Hilly areas may receive snowfall upto half to 1ft.”
“There would be significant decrease in rain/snow likely from tomorrow onwards,” MeT officials said.
In view of these predictions, the union territory of Jammu & Kashmir will also remain under an orange alert on Saturday, with the advisory instructing residents to 'be prepared' for rough weather conditions.
In a statement, the MeT office has forecast fresh isolated and scattered rains from March 3 onwards after dry weather for March 1 and 2.



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