Fresh Snow Spell From Friday: MeT Dept


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Srinagar: The meteorological department on Wednesday predicted fresh snow spell across Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh from Friday evening, even as the weather conditions improved across the Valley while Drass and Sonamarg continued to receive snowfall for the second consecutive day today.

MeT Deputy Director, Mukhtar Ahmad said Wednesday that the weather would remain mainly dry on December 10-December 11 evening across J&K and Ladakh. He said that there were less chances of wet spell during this period in the higher reaches.

“From December 11 evening to December 12 afternoon, there is a possibility of light to moderate rains, snowfall across J&K and Ladakh,” he said.

He further said that the night temperature across Kashmir has increased due to the fresh snowfall and rains while the day temperature has gone down.

In Valley, the weather remained cloudy throughout the day in plains as well as higher reaches, officials said. However, Drass, Sonamarg, Gumad and other areas received snowfall today as well.

Reports said major roads and highways in the Valley continued to remain closed for the second straight day. The Srinagar-Leh highway as per the officials continued to remain closed today for the vehicular movement.

Official statement issued by the traffic department stated that in view of inclement weather prediction issued by MeT department (rain and snowfall) in J&K for next few days, there are chances of blockade of highway, thus the people are advised to avoid journey on Jammu-Srinagar highway.

However, subject to fair weather and better road condition, Light Motor Vehicles (passenger) shall be allowed from Jammu towards Srinagar tomorrow while commuters are advised to follow the SOP issued by the government to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The statement urged security forces not to ply against the traffic advisory in view of traffic congestion on Jammu-Srinagar highway. “They may ply from Jammu towards Srinagar,” the statement said.

Pertinently, there shall be no traffic movement on Jammu-Srinagar highway on Friday from either side in view of maintenance, repairing of the road.

Meanwhile, officials said that the Mughal road also remained closed today for the vehicular movement due to snow accumulation.

Meanwhile, the Disaster Management Authority has issued a high danger (Orange Alert) avalanche warning for higher reaches of Bandipora District particularly Gurez Tehsil.

“Medium Danger (Yellow Alert) avalanche warning for higher reaches of Poonch, Kishtwar, Kupwara, Ganderbal and Kargil Districts and Low Level (Yellow Alert) Avalanche warning for upper reaches of Ramban, Anantnag, Kulgam , Baramulla and Leh,” officials said, adding that the people living in these areas have been cautioned not to venture in the Avalanche prone areas for the next 24 hours.

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