MeT predicts dry weather for next 5 days in Kashmir
No traffic on Jmu-Sgr highway today
Next spell of rains between 28-29 March
Srinagar, Jan 24:After experiencing heavy rains in plains and light snowfall in higher reaches for the third straight day on Wednesday, the meteorological department (MeT) has forecast significant improvement in prevailing weather conditions from Wednesday.
It said the weather mostly remains dry and clear till 28th March.
Landslides triggered by incessant rains blocked the Srinagar-Jammu highway at several places on Tuesday.
As per government advisory, no traffic will be allowed on Wednesday from any side.
MeT officials said higher reaches of Gulmarg, Sonamarg, Pahalgam, Gurez, Sadhna top, Phirkiyan pass, Z Gali and Pir Panjal areas received fresh snowfall, while widespread rains lashed plains till late Tuesday evening.
Director MeT Srinagar centre, Sonam Lotus, told Rising Kashmir that there will be significant improvement in prevailing weather conditions from Wednesday afternoon onward till 28th March.
“We are expecting overall improvement in weather from Wednesday late afternoon and from Friday onwards weather will remain dry and clear till Sunday. Thereafter another spell of light rain is expected between 28-29th March the intensity of which would be low compared to this spell. There is no need to panic,” he said.
Summer capital Srinagar recorded a 30 mm of rainfall on Monday, Gulmarg 14 mm, Qazigund 45 mm, Kupwara 44 mm, and Pahalgam 22.0 mm.
The inclement weather has caused a sharp dip in the temperatures, Srinagar recorded a maximum of 4.6 degrees Celsius on Tuesday. Gulmarg minus 0.9 degrees maximum temperature and Pahalgam 3.2 degrees Celsius and Kupwara 2.2 degree Celsius.
As per the advisory issued by the traffic department, no vehicular movement shall be allowed from either side on the Jammu-Srinagar highway in view of inclement weather prediction issued by the MeT department for next 24 hours.
“Massive landslides and shooting stones occurred at several places along the road at Cafeteria Morh, Sitaram Passi, Digdol, Sherbibi, Shabanbass, and other places,” it said.
Meanwhile, Mughal road, connecting Poonch and Shopian districts is still closed due to snow accumulation at several places.