Kashmir Valley Braces For Fresh Snow Spell

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1-2 Inches Snow Expected In Plains: MeT

Srinagar- Kashmir Valley is bracing up for two approaching wet weather systems which are expected to bring light to moderate snowfall from Friday evening to Saturday and from December 12-13, officials said Thursday.

“Cloudy weather with intermittent light to moderate rain at many places of Jammu and plains of Kashmir is expected on December 9-10. Light snow (1-2 inches) likely (50% chance) in plains of Kashmir during 9th Night-10th Forenoon whereas higher reaches may receive 9-10 inches of snow,” a meteorological department official here said.

While there is no forecast of any major snow during this spell, the MeT official said that there may be temporary disruption in surface transportation over Sinthan Top, Mughal Road, Razdan pass, Bandipora-Gurez, Zojila during December 9 -10th when a fresh Western Disturbance is likely to affect J&K and adjoining areas.

A feeble WD is also expected to hit J&K on the night of December 12 and 13. There is a possibility of snowfall over higher reaches under its influence in Kupwara, Bandipora and Ganderbal, he said. Dry weather is expected thereafter till November 18, he said.

Meanwhile, Srinagar recorded a minimum of minus 2.8°C against minus 3.0°C on the previous night, he said. So far the coldest night at minus 3.4°C this season in the summer capital was recorded on December 5.

While there was also special weather phenomenon of mist this morning, the MeT official said, today’s temperature was 2.2°C below the normal for this time of the year in Srinagar.

Qazigund recorded a low of minus 3.0°C against minus 3.6°C on the previous night while Pahalgam recorded a low of 3.6°C against season’s coldest night at minus 5.6°C on previous night.

Kokernag recorded a low of minus 1.8°C against minus 1.9°C on the previous night and it was 1.1°C below normal for the place, he said.

Gulmarg recorded a low of minus 2.8°C against minus 4.0°C on the previous night, the official said. It was 0.9°C above normal for the world famous skiing resort in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, the official said.

In Kupwara town, the mercury settled at minus 2.5°C against 3.1°C on the previous night, the official said. It was 0.7°C below normal for the north Kashmir place, he said.

Jammu recorded a low of 7.6°C against 6.9°C on the previous night. It was 2.4°C below normal for J&K’s winter capital, he said. Banihal recorded a low of minus 0.2°C (below normal by 2.3°C), Batote 4.2°C (0.2°C above normal), Katra 8.0°C (0.6°C above normal) and Bhadarwah 1.8°C (0.5°C above normal).

In Ladakh, Leh recorded minus 8.2°C, Kargil minus 12.1°C and details regarding mercury in Drass, the world’s second coldest place after Siberia, were not immediately available, the official said. (With GNS inputs)

Mughal Road Closed Amid Light Snowfall

Mughal Road, connecting twin districts of Poonch and Rajouri with Shoian, was closed amid light snowfall, officials said. The closure was more due to precautionary measures, they said.

Dysp Traffic Rajouri Poonch Range Aftab Bukhari said that it’s snowing lightly along the thoroughfare. “Road has been closed as per advisory,” he added.

Gurez Road To Remain Shut Today

Authorities in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district meanwhile announced suspension of traffic movement on Bandipora-Gurez road on Friday in wake of the fresh weather advisory.

The road to Gurez that passes through Razdan Pass has been closed for traffic movement.

“In view of the forecast for snowfall and as a precautionary measure, tomorrow on 09-12-2022 (Friday) traffic shall remain suspended on Bandipora-Gurez road,” SDM Gurez Mudasir Ahmad said.

Notably, the area remains cut off from the rest of the valley due to the accumulation of snow on the road.

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