Another Snow Spell In Kashmir From Sunday

A car passes through snow-covered Srinagar-Gulmarg road  | KO File Photo: Abid Bhat

Srinagar- The weather department on Friday predicted light to moderate snowfall in Jammu and Kashmir for over two days under the influence of a western disturbance of greater intensity that is likely to hit the region on Sunday evening.

According to the meteorological department, the spell of greater intensity than Thursday's is most likely during December 26-28.

"A western disturbance of greater intensity is likely during 26 (evening) to 28 (forenoon). Due to this, light to moderate snowfall (two to three inches) in plains of Kashmir, moderate to heavy over higher reaches of J-K, Zojila-Minamarg axis, and light snowfall at scattered places of Ladakh, especially Kargil-Zanskar area,” the MeT dept said.

Meanwhile, the minimum temperature at most places in Kashmir settled above the freezing point, officials said on Friday.

Many areas in the higher reaches of the valley, including the Gulmarg resort, had received snowfall on Thursday.

The officials said owing to the cloud cover, the minimum temperature across Kashmir, except Gulmarg and Pahalgam, settled above the freezing point on Thursday night.

Srinagar recorded a low of 2.4 degrees Celsius on Thursday night slightly down from the previous night's 2.6 degrees Celsius.

Qazigund, the gateway town to the valley, recorded a minimum temperature of 1.2 degrees Celsius, while Kokernag recorded a low of minus 1.2 degrees Celsius, the officials said.

The mercury in Kupwara in north Kashmir settled at a low of 2.2 degrees Celsius.

Pahalgam, which serves as the base camp for the annual Amarnath yatra, recorded a low of minus 1.3 degrees Celsius down from 0.3 degrees Celsius the previous night.

The mercury in Gulmarg settled at a low of minus 5.1 degrees Celsius as compared to the previous night's minus 3.7 degrees Celsius.

The 40-day harshest winter period known as 'Chilla-i-Kalan' which began on Tuesday is a period when a cold wave grips the region and the temperature drops considerably leading to the freezing of water bodies, including the famous Dal Lake here as well as the water supply lines in several parts of the valley.

The chances of snowfall are the most frequent and maximum during this period and most areas, especially in the higher reaches, receive heavy snowfall.

Kumar Reviews Power Dept’s Preparedness

Principal Secretary, Power Development Department, Nitishwar Kumar on Friday reviewed the preparedness and redundancy for meeting any eventuality in case of disruption in power due to adverse weather conditions.

According to an official spokesperson, Kumar on Friday visited the 140 MVA, 132/33 KV Grid Sub-Station Cheshmashahi and convened a meeting of officers of KPDCL and JKPTCL regarding preparedness in view of adverse weather advisory from December 26.

The meeting, he said, was attended by Managing Director KPDCL, Chief Engineer JKPTCL Kashmir and Chief Engineer KPDCL besides other officers.

“Principal Secretary reviewed the preparedness and redundancy for meeting any eventuality in case of disruption in power due to adverse weather conditions. He stressed the need for immediate restoration measures in case of any outages,” he said.

Kumar, the official spokesperson said, also inspected the works on augmentation of Grid Sub-Station from 105 MVA to 140 MVA which is being done under PMDP-15.

Later, he said, the Principal Secretary also inspected modernization and up gradation works for replacement of obsolete equipment in the Grid Sub-Station under PSDF which have been completed at a cost of Rs 5.20 crore.

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