Weather To Improve From Tomorrow: MeT

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Srinagar: The Meteorological department predicted dry weather conditions in Jammu and Kashmir from Thursday, even as many places in the Union Territory received intermittent snowfall and rains for the second day on Tuesday.

Most of the higher reaches of the valley received moderate to heavy snowfall over the past 36 hours, while many areas in the plains experienced light snowfall and rains, a MET official said.

He said intermittent snowfall and rains continued at many places on Tuesday.

The famous ski-resort of Gulmarg in north Kashmir recorded seven inches of fresh snowfall during the night, while Pahalgam tourist resort in south Kashmir recorded six inches of snow, the official said.

There are reports of snowfall in other areas in the higher reaches, including the Sonamarg-Zojila axis on the Srinagar-Leh road which connects the valley with Ladakh, he said.

The road was closed for traffic on Monday.

The MET Office has said intermittent light to moderate rain/snow, with isolated heavy falls in the higher reaches, will continue till Wednesday afternoon.

The weather is likely to improve afterwards and stay dry for a few days from Thursday.

Banihal Highway Reopens For Traffic

The traffic was on Tuesday restored on 270-km-long Srinagar-Jammu highway, which connects Kashmir valley with rest of the country, after remaining suspended on Monday due to landslides, shooting stones and slippery road conditions following fresh snowfall and rain.

Meanwhile, historic 86-km-long Mughal road, connecting Shopian in south Kashmir with Rajouri and Poonch in Jammu region, remained closed since Monday morning following slippery road conditions due to fresh snowfall.

“Kashmir highway was reopened for one-way traffic on Tuesday after remaining closed on Monday,” said a traffic police official.

He said traffic will ply from Jammu to Srinagar. “About 250 to 300 Kashmir-bound vehicles, which were stranded at various places on the highway on Monday, were also on the way to the valley,” he added.

Traffic was suspended on Monday afternoon on Srinagar-Jammu national highway due to slippery conditions and landslides, triggered by fresh snowfall and rain.

The historic Mughal road, connecting Shopian in south Kashmir with Rajouri and Poonch in Jammu region, remained closed for traffic for the second day due to fresh snowfall. Traffic on the road was recently restored after remaining suspended for four days due to snowfall.

“The road, seen as alternative to Srinagar-Jammu highway, remained closed due to slippery conditions because of fresh snowfall on Monday,” he said.

The road was being used to transport fresh fruit from Kashmir valley to different mandis, including Jammu after frequent closure of the highway this summer.

Traffic will be resumed only after weather improves and a green signal is received from traffic police civil administration officials posted at different places on the road, which remains closed for about six winter months due to heavy snowfall.

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