Weather likely to improve from today

Weather likely to improve from today

Higher reaches receive more snowfall on Sunday

Higher reaches of the Valley and Ladakh on Sunday received moderate to heavy snowfall for the second consecutive day while plains received intermittent rainfall, even as the Meteorological Department has predicted a significant improvement in weather from Monday.

MeT officials said ski-resort Gulmarg in Baram-ulla district and its upper reaches such as Affarwat on Sunday received 13 inches of snow.

Other upper reaches including Pir Ki Galli, Sonamarg, Minima rg,. Zojilla and See Weather.

Drass also received 1 to 2 feet of fresh snowfall on Sunday,

officials said. The heavy snowfall in upper reaches of the

Valley and Ladakh since Saturday morning has lead to sus-

pension of traffic on major highways including Srinagar-

Leh National Highway and the Mughal Road connecting

Valley with Pir Panchal region.

As per officials there is snow accumulation of 2 to 3.5

feet on the 3-high altitude passes to border areas of Karnali,

Keran and Machil. “All these three roads are closed and

machinery will be deployed as soon as weather improves,”

they said.

The inclement weather has also brought down

the temperatures sharply. Summer capital Srinagar

recorded 7.7 degrees Celsius maximum temperature

while ski-resort Gulmarg recorded 0.5 degrees Celsius

temperature on Sunday, which is several notches below


Heavy rainfall accompanied by gusty winds lashed

winter-capital Jammu on Sunday evening bringing

down the temperature sharply. Jammu recorded 19.5

degrees Celsius maximum temperature, which is 7.6

degrees below the temperature recorded a day earlier.

MeT data said Jammu received 12.4 millimetres rainfall

on Sunday. Kupwara recorded the highest rainfall at 14.1

mm . Qazigund 1.2 mm and Gulmarg recorded 11.4 mm

rainfall between 8:30 am and 5:30 pm on Sunday. Summer

capital Srinagar also received a spell of rainfall during

the evening.

Director MeT, Sonam Lotus, told the Greater Kashmir,

“Weather is expected to witness a significant improve-

ment from Monday for the next three to four days.”


The Mughal Road connecting Valley with the Pir

Panchal region continues to be blocked due to accumu-

lation of snow, a traffic advisory said. Subject to fair

weather and road clearance only downward traffic (load

carriers) loaded with fresh fruits shall be allowed from

Herpora (Shopian) from 11 am to 4 pm towards Poonch,

the traffic advisory added. “No vehicle shall be allowed

after cut off timing. Moreover, no passenger vehicle or

pedestrian shall be allowed on Mughal Road.”


Srinagar-Leh National Highway is blocked due to

snow accumulation, traffic advisory said. The vehicu-

lar movement shall be allowed on Srinagar-Sonamarg-

Gumari road, subject to fair weather and clearance of

road on Monday, the advisory said.

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