Met Office forecasts more snow

SRINAGAR: The met office has predicted a fresh spell of snowfall in the Valley from Feb 2, while as there has been no respite from cold due to cloudy sky and chilly winds in the Kashmir valley and Ladakh region.

The sky was cloudy since morning with icy cold winds continuing in the valley, including Srinagar city.

Director metrological department Sonum Lotus told a local news agency that the weather was likely to remain dry till Jan 31.  “During this period, the cold spell will continue and that the weather will be dry and cloudy.” He said adding that that from Feb 2-5, the valley will witness a fresh spell of snowfall with rains likely to occur at several places in the state.  Lotus however said that the department was yet to ascertain the intensity of the snowfall. “We are on it and once the same gets confirmed, we will inform the people that whether the snowfall will be heavy or a moderate one.”  

Srinagar, where life remained affected due to chill on Monday, witnessed 0.9 degree minimum temperature, two degree above normal. Qazigund recorded minus 1.2 degree, two notches above normal, Kokernag minus 2.6 degree, a notch above normal and Kupwara 0.6 degree, about four degree above normal minimum temperature.

Gulmarg, 55 km from Srinagar in north Kashmir, was coldest in the region after the minimum temperature was recorded minus 8.8 degree, about a notch below normal.

However, at Pahalgam, a health resort in south Kashmir recorded minus 4.6 degree, more than two notches above normal.

Leh in Ladakh region recorded minus 8.6 degree minimum temperature against yesterdays minus 12.4 degree.

Meanwhile Divisional Commissioner Kashmir stated that the administration administration was ready to cope up with the situation likely to arise after snowfall in valley. “We are always prepared, let there be snowfall tomorrow, and the administration is always prepared.”

The Div Com Kashmir stated further that the administration has, after the recent massive snowfall, cleared all the roads and the vital links to the main highways have been restored at large. “The employees worked round the clock and their tireless efforts cannot be undermined at any level.” 

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