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Dry spell ends, Srinagar gets season’s first snowfall

Met official says present weather conditions likely to continue till Thursday.

punjab Updated: Dec 12, 2017 11:20 IST
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An elderly man, carrying a load on his back, walks on a snow covered road during snowfall at Tangmarg in Baramulla district of north Kashmir.(PTI)

Srinagar city received season’s first snowfall on Tuesday as higher reaches both in the Jammu region and the Kashmir valley received moderate snowfall.

“Sonamarg, Gulmarg, Pahalgam also received moderate snowfall,” the Met said. Plains in the Jammu region have been receiving rainfall since Monday morning.

“The present weather conditions are likely to continue during Wednesday and Thursday after which the western disturbance active over Jammu and Kashmir will start weakening,” an official of the Met department said.

Residents here were pleasantly surprised to see a thin blanket of snow covering the landscape in the morning.

“This is Kashmir. Without snow the landscape looks orphaned. If the government is able to provide basic amenities to the people, winter is undoubtedly the best season in Kashmir,” said Nisar Hussain, a retired chief engineer who lives in Gogjibagh.

Snowfall in Gulmarg has brightened the prospects of winter sports at its ski resort.

The weather office said the minimum temperature was minus 0.2 in Srinagar and 0.1 in Pahalgam. While Gulmarg at minus 6.5 was the coldest place in the state on Tuesday, the Met said.

The minimum temperature was minus 1.4 in Leh and minus three degrees in Kargil towns of the Ladakh region.

Jammu on Monday recorded the lowest day temperature as the mercury nosedived by almost nine notches amid incessant rains to settle nine degrees below normal during this part of the season.

There was very heavy snowfall in hills of Doda, Kishtwar, Ramban, Kathua, Rajouri, Reasi and Poonch districts of Jammu region. As result of which some inter-district and inter-state roads have been closed due to snowfall for traffic.

Jammu-Srinagar highway shut

The Jammu-Srinagar National Highway and the Mughal road were closed for traffic for the second consecutive day on Tuesday due to snowfall and rains.

The nearly 300-km highway, the only all weather road linking Kashmir with the rest of the country, was closed as a precautionary measure in view of heavy rainfall at Banihal, Ramban and Patnitop and snowfall on both sides of the Jawahar Tunnel.

“The highway is closed for second day today. The highway was closed following heavy snowfall at Jawahar tunnel, Patnitop and Ramban area bedsides landslides triggered at Pathiyal early today”, a police official said.

As per the advisory of traffic police department passengers planning to travel on the highway in coming days should contact traffic control room before leaving for their destinations.

Mughal road, connecting the twin districts of Poonch and Rajouri in Jammu region with south Kashmir’s Shopian district, has also been closed for the second day today.

“There has been heavy snowfall in Pir Ki Gali and other areas en route Mughal road resulting in closure”, he said.

The traffic was suspended on Mughal road last evening as a precautionary measure in view of the weather forecast predicting moderate to heavy snowfall in the high altitude areas.

First Published: Dec 12, 2017 10:59 IST