Snow Spell From Tomorrow May Block Highways, Dip Mercury

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Srinagar: The weather department on Saturday predicted a fresh spell of snowfall and rain across the higher reaches of Jammu and Kashmir from Monday leading to the closure of Mughal Road and Srinagar-Leh Highway.

According to a MeT department official, the higher reaches of Jammu and Kashmir are likely to receive another spell of light to moderate rain /snow from November 23-25. As of now, he said it looks like snowfall over higher reaches of north west J&K and Sonamarg -Zojila areas is likely to commence from the morning of November 23 and is likely to affect both UTs of J&K and Ladakh till 25th.

“The strength of this weather system is lesser than the previous spell. So there’s no forecast of any widespread heavy snowfall or rain but due to low temp, slippery and treacherous road condition, the snow may led to temporary closure of Passes like Zojila, Mugal road, LEH -Manali Road, etc. during above period,” the official said.

Meanwhile, the minimum temperature according to official in Kashmir capital Srinagar was 2.1°C, while Qazigund recorded a low of 2.6°C. Gulmarg shivered at minus 7.5°C, while Pahalgam and Kokarnag recorded lows of -3.2°C and 1.2°C, respectively.

The minimum temperature in Kupwara was 1.7°C, Jammu 6.8°C, Banihal 0.4°C, Batote 2.1°C and Katra 7.6°C.

Drass was freezing with cold at minus 14°C, Leh minus 11.7°C, Kargil minus 9.2°C, Badharwah 0.8°C and Kathua recorded a minimum temperature of 7.6°C.

The maximum day temperature 23.5°C was recorded in Jammu while Kashmir capital Srinagar recorded a temperature of 10.2°C (With KNT inputs)


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