Snow, Rains Lash Kashmir For Second Day

Srinagar- Snowfall continued for the second successive day on Sunday in the upper reaches of Kashmir including world famous ski resort of Gulmarg, while rains lashed plains in Kashmir valley, resulting in dip in the temperature.

A Met department spokesperson said widespread moderate rain and snow would continue during the next 24 hours in Kashmir valley under the influence of a Western Disturbance (WD), which is active in the region. “Rain and snow would occur on Monday at several places, particularly in the upper reaches, in the valley,” he said.

However, he said the weather will improve from Tuesday onwards though a fresh WD, which originated from the Arabian Sea is approaching the region, through Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The other upper heights in north Kashmir, including border areas of Keran, Karnah, Gurez, Tangdhar and Machil also experienced snowfall since Friday night.

Intermittent snowfall was also witnessed in the tourist resort of Sonamarg on Srinagar-Leh national highway, which remained closed for second successive day for traffic due to acumination of snow. The upper reaches in Ganderbal and Kangan in central Kashmir district of Ganderbal also experienced snowfall since Saturday.

Tourist Pahalgam, about 100 km from here in south Kashmir, also received snowfall for the second successive day on Sunday.

Meanwhile, plains received intermittent incessant rain, resulting in dip in the maximum temperature. The weather was chilly in the city as the skies remained cloudy throughout the day.

Srinagar-Leh Highway, Mughal Road Remain Closed  

The 434-km-long Srinagar-Leh National Highway and historic Mughal road remained closed for the second successive day on Sunday.

“The Srinagar-Leh national highway remained closed for the second successive day on Sunday following snowfall at Sonamarg, Zojila pass, Meenmarg and Drass, the second coldest place in the world after Siberia,” the official said.

He said, no vehicle was allowed from Sonmarg, in the central Kashmir district of Ganderbal, on the highway due to slippery road conditions due to snowfall. “Traffic will be resumed only if there is an improvement in the weather and snowfall stops,” he added.

The traffic spokesman said traffic on Mughal road, which is seen as an alternative to Srinagar-Jammu national highway, remained suspended for the second day on Sunday following snowfall on Saturday. “The road has become slippery due to snowfall,” he said, adding there is a forecast for more snowfall.

Traffic will be resumed only after there is an improvement in the weather and road become safe for the journey. (With agency inputs)

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