Weather Dept Predicts Wet Spell From March 5

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People walk amid fresh snowfall in Srinagar. KO File Photo: Abid Bhat

SRINAGAR – The weather department on Tuesday predicted another spell of rain and snowfall across the Valley from March 5.

In a statement issued here, India Meteorology Centre, Srinagar said that moderate rain and snow is expected in Jammu Kashmir and scattered places of Ladakh region from 5th to 7th March.

“Light rain and snow would commence at a few places of Kashmir Division on 5th March, morning and thereafter in intensity and distribution with its main activity on 6th and 7th March,” the statement said.

It added that there was a possibility of thunderstorm, hail and gusty winds at 30 to 40 kmph in the plains of Jammu and few places of Kashmir during the period.

Landslides Block Traffic On Kashmir Highway

Hundreds of vehicles, including those carrying essential commodities and passengers, were stranded as traffic was on Tuesday suspended on Srinagar-Jammu national highway due to fresh landslides.

A traffic police official said there were fresh landslides at Peera on the highway, the only road connecting Kashmir valley with the rest of the country.

“The highway has been closed for vehicular movement as a precautionary measure and traffic will be allowed only after getting a green signal from the ground,” he said.

Hundreds of vehicles, including those carrying passengers and trucks loaded with essentials, are stranded on the highway.

“Traffic was allowed on Tuesday from Jammu to Srinagar on the highway,” he added.

However, he said the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI), responsible for maintenance and widening of the highway, has pressed into service sophisticated machines and men to clear the landslides.

Meanwhile, the 434-km-long Srinagar-Leh national highway, the only road linking Union Territory (UT) of Ladakh with Kashmir, remained closed for the past over two months due to accumulation of snow. Snow clearance operation has already been started on the highway.

The 86-km-long historic Mughal road, connecting Shopian in south Kashmir with Rajouri and Poonch in Jammu region and Anantnag-Kishtwar road also remained closed due to accumulation of snow for the past over two months.

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