Rains, Snow Expected In Next 24 Hours: MeT

SRINAGAR: After a short wet spell, the weatherman here has predicted more rains and snow across the Valley in the next 24 hours.

The officials in the Meteorological (MeT) department told KNS, “There is possibility of light to moderate rains or snow at various places across the Valley in the next 24 hours.”

They informed that the weather would mostly remain cloudy during the next few days. “The weather conditions would likely improve from March 3. The isolated places in the Valley would continue to receive rains or snow till Mar 03,” he said.

Landslides Force Kashmir Highway Closure

 The 300-km-long Srinagar-Jammu highway was closed yet again due to fresh landslides.

The highway has been closed due to landslides, a traffic police official told UNI on Tuesday, when traffic was to ply from Jammu to Srinagar as only one-way traffic is allowed since last month.

He said there were fresh landslides and shooting stones last night at several places, particularly at Mahar Nallah in Rambam.

The Border Roads Organisation (BRO), responsible for the maintenance of the highway, has already put into service sophisticated machines to put through the traffic.

However, it may take a full day to clear the massive landslide at Mahar Nallah, he said.

No vehicle will be allowed from Srinagar or Jammu till a green signal is received from BRO and traffic police personnel posted at several places on the highway.

Meanwhile, hundreds of vehicles, including trucks carrying essentials, which were to leave for Kashmir valley this morning, have been stopped at different places in Jammu.

However, vehicles which had left Srinagar yesterday have reached Jammu safely till last night.

Traffic on the Kashmir highway has been disrupted frequently due to snowfall and landslides besides slippery road conditions since first heavy snowfall on January 6.

Meanwhile, the 85-km-long historic Mughal Road, linking Shopian in South Kashmir with Rajouri and Poonch remained closed since last month due to heavy snowfall.

The highway, connecting Ladakh region with Kashmir also remained closed since last month and is likely to reopen in the summer.

The Bandipora to border town of Gurez road remained closed due to accumulation of snow on the road.

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