Srinagar, Jan 28: A fresh snowfall was experienced in higher reaches as well in southern districts of Kashmir while as rains lashed plains on Tuesday, plummeting the temperature further in the Valley. The fresh snowfall also led to the closure of Srinagar-Jammu highway, the only road connecting Kashmir with rest of the States.
Officials in the
local Meteorological (MeT) department said that snowfall was witnessed in
southern districts of Kashmir including Anantnag, Shopian and other districts
since the wee hours.
They said that it
was predicted that heavy snowfall would occur in Chenab Valley while as light
to moderate snowfall would be experienced in south Kashmir districts and light
snow or rainfall in central as well as northern districts of Kashmir.
spokesman said that Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir Union
Territory received a rainfall of 8.2 mm since early morning. MeT official
further stated that Kokernag received a snowfall of 8.5 mm and rainfall of 8.2
mm, adding that Qazigund witnessed 1.5 mm snowfall and 10.8 mm rainfall today.
further informed that Pahalgam, the famous tourist-resort here witnessed 4.6 mm
rainfall and 3.5 mm snowfall while as Kupwara district in north Kashmir
recovered 2.1 mm of rainfall and snowfall.
The official also
stated that the night temperature in Srinagar continued to witness improvement
with the temperature on last night settled at 0.6 degree Celsius.
MeT, Dr. Mukhtar Ahmad said the weather would remain dry from next six to seven
days from Wednesday forenoon. He said that the occasional sunshine would be
witnessed in Kashmir from Wednesday morning.
officials said that traffic on Srinagar-Jammu highway was suspended in view of
the landslides at various points triggered by fresh snowfall. “The work to
restore the highway is in full-swing and it is expected to clear the road by
this evening,” an official said.