Rain, Hailstorm Lash Srinagar

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SRINAGAR: After sun was playing hide and seek during the day, fresh light snow occurred in some parts of uptown while rain and hailstorm lashed others areas this evening in the summer capital, Srinagar.

Some area in the uptown Srinagar again turned white due to fresh snowfall this evening though for a brief period. Roof and tree tops turned white while roads and open fields were covered with a carpet of snow this evening in uptown areas, including Budshah Nagar, Natipora, Azad Basti and Pamposh Colony.

However, interestingly it was raining in civil lines, where some of the roads were waterlogged due to faulty drainage system though hailstorm lashed downtown areas, including Rainawari, Nowhatta and Khayam. Majority of the roads in these areas were inundated, badly affecting pedestrian and vehicular movement.

A Met department spokesperson told UNI that light rain and snow would occur at many places in Kashmir valley during the next 48 hours.

He said the maximum temperature was seven notches below normal today.

Meanwhile, the Srinagar-Jammu highway remained closed for fourth consecutive day on Saturday while the weather conditions improved in the Valley following the four days of wet spell.

The highway was closed due to the slippery conditions of the roads in Ramban, triggered following the rainfall.

The officials in the traffic department told KNS that the highway remained closed today as well as the shooting stones continued in Ramban. “The road clearance work would be started soon once the shooting stones will stop. The vehicles are stranded today as well and the stranded vehicles will be allowed first to ply,” the officials said.

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