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Western disturbance likely to hit air transport

HT Correspondents, Hindustan Times  Srinagar/Jammu, November 29, 2012
First Published: 00:34 IST(29/11/2012) | Last Updated: 00:46 IST(29/11/2012)

The meteorological (MeT) department in Kashmir on Wednesday issued travel advisory for next 24 fours warning of rain and snowfall affecting the valley's surface and air transport system.

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A weather advisory has been sent to the Divisional Disaster Management Cell (Kashmir/Jammu) project coordinators to inform them about the major changes expected in the weather of the state. The Met department has also predicted that the weather will be normal on Friday, "These disturbance may only affect till Thursday evening.

"Due to fresh weather system emerging, moderate snowfall over hills and rains in plains will occur at many places of Pirpanjal ranges in the Kashmir division and at a few places over Ladakh and higher reaches of Jammu region," said MeT director GN Ganai in Srinagar.

Ganai said this weather system is likely to disrupt surface and air transport systems of the state on November 29. The Kashmir Valley has only one, Srinagar-Jammu national highway, surface Link with the rest of the country. The highway is prone to landslides and shooting stones in the wake of heavy snowfall or rainfall.

The Kashmir Valley is witnessing a severe cold wave, particularly during the night. Minimum temperature in Srinagar has fallen to minus 1.7 degree Celsius. There was heavy overcast on Wednesday afternoon in the valley.

"The present western disturbance over the state is likely to intensify and will affect J&K and adjoining areas from tonight till November 29 evening," said Ganai.

The MeT predicts fall in day temperature by 4-5°C. "The night temperature will rise by 1-2°C," said the MeT official.

Kashmir divisional commissioner Asgar Hassan Samoon has already ordered traffic restrictions on the Kargil-Zanskar, Srinagar-Zojila-Kargil, Kupwara-Machil/Tangdhar, Anantnag-Sinthan-Kishtwar, Bandipora-Gurez and Shopian-Mughal roads for November 29 as a precautionary measure.

The deputy commissioners, police and traffic officials have been asked to take appropriate measures to ensure strict implementation of traffic restriction to safeguard life and property of the general public.

"Public has been appealed to defer their travel progamme to these areas in their own interest," said spokesman of the divisional commissioner's office.

The government also taken measures to maintain stocks of essentials in case of any eventuality.

The weather of the Jammu Region of the state had been running dry for more than two months and the people of the Jammu are eagerly waiting for the rain.

Meanwhile, Jammu has observed a cloudy day and the Met department has recorded the minimum temperature of Jammu up to 9.7 degree Celsius and maximum of 22.3 degree Celsius, while Srinagar has been recorded with the minimum temperature of 4.2 degree Celsius and maximum 15.8 degree Celsius.

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