Agence India Press
Srinagar: Proving the Meteorological Department’s prediction right, the upper reaches of Kashmir Valley received moderate to heavy snowfall on Friday, and broke the 10 days of dry spell and pleasant weather.
The Meteorological (MeT) Department had forecast that the entire State would be slashed by moderate to heavy rainfall/snowfall from the evening of February 3 to the morning of February 7.
In the upper reaches of North Kashmir, including Keran, Karnah, Tangdhar, Machil, Sadhna and Razdan passes and villages experienced fresh snowfall. The Srinagar-Jammu national highway also received heavy snowfall; however the traffic was plying normally till last reports came in.
Gulmarg and other higher reaches were experiencing fresh snowfall since early this morning in the Kashmir valley. The temperature also plunged down few degrees than the past week.
Since the Friday morning broke out, heavy clouds were floating across the sky. The people witnessed bitter cold and preferred to remain indoors to escape from the bone chilling cold.
“A western disturbance is approaching Jammu and Kashmir. It is likely to affect the weather conditions across the State along with the adjoining areas. The disturbance would occur from the evening of February 3 and it would last up to the morning of February 7,” Sonam Lotus, Director MeT Department had foretasted.
“Moderate snowfall is also likely at few places in Ladakh region particularly along Drass, Kargil and Zanskar regions. This weather system is likely to disrupt surface and air transport systems of the State. During this period the day temperature will fall by 5-6 degrees Celsius while as the night temperature will rise by 2-3 degrees Celsius,” Sonam had said.
Officials at the SP Highway Traffic informed Agence India Press that, “Light vehicles on the highway were allowed to ply till 10 in the morning. However, the trucks are plying normally on the highway from Jammu-Srinagar and have not closed the road yet.”
Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Asghar Samoon had directed the Traffic Police to restrict the movement of traffic on Srinagar-Jammu National Highway from February 3 to February 7.
He had also directed the field officers to take all possible measures to ensure minimum disruption of services due to snowfall.
He had impressed upon the departments to keep both men and machinery including joint snow control rooms in a state of readiness to meet any eventuality.
Earlier, in the month of January heavy rain and snowfall had lashed the Valley and paralyze the normal life here. It also disrupted the entire life and brought immense shortage of essential amenities in Kashmir. (AIP NEWS)
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