Valley Braces For Fresh Snow From Today

Snowfall in Kashmir ( KO Photo: Abid Bhat )

JAMMU - The union territories of Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh are likely to witness snowfall and rains for three days starting Thursday, the meteorological department said.

The weatherman has forecast widespread snowfall in the Kashmir Valley and Ladakh from Thursday to Saturday. Jammu is also likely to witness snowfall and rains on Friday and Saturday.

There was no let up in the cold spell in Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday as several areas in the union territory recorded temperatures below the season's average, a Met department spokesperson said.

Srinagar, which is reeling under intense cold after the season's first snowfall last week, marked the day temperature at 7.2 degrees Celsius against the previous day's 7.4 degrees Celsius, he said.

Jammu recorded a maximum of 24.1 degrees Celsius, 3.2 notches below the season's average, and a minimum of 14.0 degrees Celsius, which is 0.6 notches above average, he said.

The ski resort of Gulmarg, which recorded several feet of snowfall last week, saw a maximum of 5.4 degrees Celsius, the spokesperson said.

However, he said, the hill resort recorded a minimum of minus 1.5 degrees Celsius against the previous night's minus 4.2 degrees Celsius.

Katra, the famous town which serves as the base camp for the pilgrims visiting Mata Vaishno Devi shrine in Reasi district, recorded a high of 22.4 degrees Celsius and a low of 12.6 degrees Celsius, he said. PTI AB

HMVs to ply from Jammu to Srinagar, LMVs both sides on highway

Heavy Motor Vehicles (HMVs) will ply from Jammu to Srinagar only while Light Motor Vehicles (LMVs) from both sides on Wednesday on the national highway, the only road linking the Kashmir valley with the rest of the country.

About 10,000 vehicles, including 8000 HMVs and 2000 LMVs have reached their destination on the highway during the past 24 hours, a traffic police official told UNI this morning.

Meanwhile, massive snow clearance operation was going on to put through the 86-km-long historic Mughal road which is closed for the eighth day on Wednesday. The road, which is seen as alternative to Srinagar-Jammu national highway, connects Shopian in south Kashmir and Rajouri and Poonch.

One-way traffic would continue on the 434-km-long Srinagar-Leh national highway, connecting Union Territory (UT) with Kashmir valley. Today traffic will ply from Sonmarg in central Kashmir district of Ganderbal to Ladakh, official said.

He said about 10,000 vehicles, including 8000 HMVs, which had left Srinagar and Jammu have reached to their destinations during the past 24 hours.

Today HMVs, including those carrying essentials for Kashmir, left Jammu this morning. No HMV will be allowed to ply from opposite direction, he said adding LMVs, particularly, carrying passengers will be allowed to operate from both sides.

He said National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) have put up sophisticated machines at avalanche prone areas to launch landslide clearance operation immediately. (With PTI, Agency Inputs)

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