Temp Slides As Another Wet Spell To Hit J&K
Srinagar: Amid forecast for more rain and snowfall in the next three days, mercury recorded a fall at most places and settled below sub-zero level in Gulmarg and Pahalgam on Tuesday, officials said.
“Partly cloudy weather is expected today and light to moderate rain/snowfall (over higher reaches) is expected at many places during November 9 evening to 11th forenoon,” said a meteorological department official here. However, he said, there is no forecast of any major rain/snowfall during the spell.
From November 12-16, he said, the weather is expected to be “fair to partly cloudy”.
Regarding probable impacts, he said, snowfall and low temperature may lead to temporary disruption of surface transportation, mainly over Zojila, Jammu-Srinagar Highway, Leh-Manali road on November 10 and 11.
“Prior to embarking on journey, people are advised to know the status of the road from traffic police to avoid inconveniences,” he said, adding, “Travelers on major passes are advised to carry sufficient food items, warm shoes, clothes etc with them as road conditions remain uncertain during inclement weather.”
Meanwhile, the traffic movement on Srinagar-Leh highway, which was suspended on Sunday after fresh snowfall at Zoji La, was restored for one way traffic on Tuesday morning.
J&K Traffic police on its official Twitter handle informed that one way traffic has been restored on the road after clearance of snow.
“Traffic plying on Jammu-Srinagar NHW. After clearance of snow from the road traffic has been released from Minimarg towards Sonamarg however Mughal road still closed,” police tweeted.
Meanwhile, a MeT official said that Srinagar recorded a low of 4.3°C against 4.2°C on the previous night. The temperature was 2.5°C above normal for the summer capital during this time of the year, he said.
Qazigund recorded a low of 5.0°C against 5.4°C on the previous night. The temperature was 3.1°C above normal for the gateway town of Kashmir, he said.
In Pahalgam, the mercury settled at minus 1.6°C against 1.6°C on the previous night and it was 0.5°C below normal for the south Kashmir resort, he said.
Kokernag recorded a low of 4.1°C against 4.6°C on the previous night and it was 1.4°C above normal for the place, he said.
Gulmarg recorded a low of minus 2.6°C against minus 4.5°C on the previous night and it was 2.8°C below normal for the world famous skiing resort in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district.
In Kupwara town, the mercury settled at 28°C against 2.3°C on the previous night, the official said. It was 1.5°C above normal for the north Kashmir place, he said.
Jammu recorded a low of 13.8°C against 18.1°C on the previous night. It was 0.4°C below normal for J&K’s winter capital, he said. Banihal recorded a low of 2.2°C (below normal by 24°C), Batote 5.8°C (1.0°C below normal), Katra 11.2°C (below normal by 0.6°C) and Bhadarwah 3.4°C (below normal by 0.4°C).
Regarding rainfall in the last 24 hours till 0830 hours, he said, Srinagar received 1.9mm of rain, Qazigund 24.6mm, Pahalgam 10.2mm, Kupwara 5.2mm, Kokernag 12.6mm, Gulmarg 2.6mm, Jammu nil, Banihal 27.8mm, Batote 7.8mm, Katra 7.0mm and Bhaderwah 2.2mm. (with inputs from GNS)