Western Disturbances Approaching; Rain, Snow Likely

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SRINAGAR – Western Disturbances (WD), originating in Arabian sea, are fast approaching the Kashmir and Ladakh region, where the cold conditions further intensified, a Met department spokesman said today. 

Authorities have already issued traffic restrictions in the Kashmir valley and Ladakh region for tomorrow and November 18 following forecast of snowfall and rains. 

The Western Disturbances (WD), originating in Arabian sea and entering the region through Afghanistan and Pakistan, would result in snowfall or rains on tomorrow and on November 18, the spokesman said. He said light to very light rain or snow could occur at one or two places in Kashmir division while weather will remain mainly dry in Jammu division during the next 24 hours. 

There would be scattered rain or snow during subsequent two days. 

The cold conditions further intensified as the minimum dropped further. 

Srinagar, recorded the minimum temperature at minus 1 degrees, two degrees below normal. Ski resort of Gulmarg recorded minus 2.7 degree, health resort Pahalgam minus 3.3 degree, Qazigund minus 2.2 degree and Kupwara minus 1.6 degree. 

There was no respite from the cold to people in Ladakh region, where the minimum dropped further. 

It was coldest night in Leh and border town of Kargil on Srinagar- Leh national highway, which still remained open due to dry weather. 

At Leh the minimum temperature dropped to minus 11.6 degrees, coldest so far while at Kargil it was minus 4.8 degrees. 

On the basis of forecast and keeping in view the unpredictability of the weather, in higher reaches, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Dr Asgar Hassan Samoon has ordered traffic restrictions on movement of vehicles on Kargil-Zanskar, Srinagar-Zojila-Kargil, Kupwara- Machil, Tangdhar and Bandipora-Gurez roads tomorrow and November 18, as a precautionary measure. 

Dr Samoon directed Deputy Commissioners, Senior Superintendents of Police and Sub DistrictMagistrates (SDMs) along with Traffic Police to take appropriate measures to ensure strict implementation of the instructions, to safeguard life and property of the general public. The general public has been appealed to defer their travel plans to these areas, in their own interest.

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