Fresh snow in upper reaches, rains in plains

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 1/19/2022 9:41:08 PM

SRINAGAR, Jan 19: Higher reaches of Jammu and Kashmir received fresh snowfall, while light rains lashed many areas in the plains on Wednesday, even as the minimum temperature in most parts of the valley settled above the freezing point, officials said.
Gulmarg received light fresh snowfall of about 1.2 cm, the officials said.
They said there are reports of snowfall in some other areas in the higher reaches of the valley.
Most areas in the plains of the valley were lashed by rains which continued at many places when the last reports came in, the officials said.
The overcast conditions led to an increase in the minimum temperature at most places of Kashmir, they said.
The minimum temperature in Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, settled at a low of 2.7 degrees Celsius, up from the previous night's 1.1 degrees Celsius, the officials said.
Gulmarg, the famous skiing resort in Baramulla district of north Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 6 degrees Celsius, same as the previous night.
Pahalgam in south Kashmir's Anantnag district, which serves as the base camp for the annual Amarnath yatra, recorded a low of minus 1.9 degrees Celsius, down from the previous night's minus 0.7 degrees Celsius, they said.
The twin tourist resorts were the only place in the valley which experienced the sub-zero night temperature last night.
The officials said Qazigund, the gateway town to the valley, recorded the minimum of 1.3 degrees Celsius, while the nearby south Kashmir town of Kokernag recorded a low of 0.2 degrees Celsius.
The minimum temperature in Kupwara in north Kashmir settled at a low of 1.2 degrees Celsius.
Jammu recorded a low of 9.1°C against previous night’s 9.3°C which is 2.0°C above normal for the J-K’s winter capital during this time of the year, he said.
Banihal recorded a low of 1.4°C, Katra 6.2°C and Bhaderwah saw a minimum of 1.4°C, the official said.
Ladakh’s Leh recorded a low of minus 11.4°C against last night’s minus 11.0°C while mercury at automatic station in Kargil settled at minus 11.6°C. Drass, the second coldest place in the world after Siberia, recorded a low of minus 19.2°C against last night’s minus 16.1°C, official said.
The MET Office has said the weather will remain partly to generally cloudy in both regions of J&K with the possibility of light rain/snow at scattered places over the next 24 hours.
“A spell of light rain/snow is likely (60% chance) during January 22-23rd. Thereafter, mainly dry weather is expected from January 24 onwards till ending January,” an official of the meteorological department said, adding, “There is no forecast of any major snow spell till ending January.”
One-way traffic on Highway
The Jammu and Kashmir Traffic Police on Wednesday said that there will be one way traffic on Srinagar-Jammu National Highway tomorrow subject to fair weather and better road condition.
An official told Kashmir News Service (KNS) that light motor vehicles including passenger and private cars will be allowed from Srinagar towards Jammu on the highway tomorrow.
He said that commuters are advised not to travel on the National Highway without confirming the status of the road from the concerned authority in view of the inclement weather prediction by MeT department.
The official also said that heavy motor vehicles and load carriers will be allowed from NAVYUG Tunnel (Qazigund side) towards Jammu subject to fair weather and better road condition after the tail of down LMVs crosses NAVYUG Tunnel.
He said that security forces are advised and requested not to ply against advisory or traffic plan in view of traffic congestion on Jammu-Srinagar NHW. “They may ply from Srinagar towards Jammu after confirming the status of NHW.”
The official also said that Mughal Road, Srinagar-Sonamarg-Gumri Road and Kishtwar-Sinthan Road continue to remain closed for vehicular movement in view of snow accumulation on these roads.



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