Snowfall disrupts traffic on Sgr-Leh highway

A view of snowfall in Sonamarg on Thursday. -Excelsior/Shakeel
A view of snowfall in Sonamarg on Thursday. -Excelsior/Shakeel

Excelsior Correspondent
SRINAGAR, Dec 7: A day after Meteorological Department issued weather advisory for Kashmir that may disrupt normal life, the Divisional Administration today directed the Deputy Commissioners and Heads of Departments of administration to remain alert.
Divisional Administration Kashmir today, working on the weather advisory issued by the MeT Department, asked Deputy Commissioners of Kashmir Division to take all the precautionary measures in their districts.
“Therefore, it is enjoined upon all Deputy Commissioners, all concerned Head of Departments and district Superintendents of Police to activate their manpower and machinery and to be in a state of preparedness, so as to minimize disruption of essential services, road connectivity at the earliest, restoring electric supply, water supply, healthcare services etc,” the advisory read.
The alert was sounded after MeT forecast moderate to heavy snow at most places in the State from December 11 to December 13. It had said: “A western disturbance is approaching J&K and adjoining areas. This system is likely to affect J&K from 9th December onwards and produce moderate to heavy snowfall on 11, 12 and 13 December.”
Srinagar-Leh National Highway was closed today due to fresh snowfall since last night while Kashmir is in the grip of cold weather conditions.
The highway, linking Ladakh region with Kashmir valley, was closed after fresh snowfall at Sonamarg, Zojila and Meenamarg. However, the light motor vehicles were allowed to ply from 3 p.m till evening after improvement in weather in the area.
Night temperatures increased throughout Kashmir today due to a partial overnight cloud cover.
Minimum temperature was 9.1 degrees Celsius and minus 13.6 degrees Celsius in Jammu city and the Leh town respectively today while the maximum temperature of Leh was recorded at 7.3 and 22.6 in Jammu. Kargil town also recorded minus 7.0 degrees Celsius as the minimum temperature against yesterday’s minus 7.5.
The night’s lowest temperature was minus 2.7 degrees Celsius in Srinagar city. It was 1.3 degrees Celsius in Pahalgam and minus 2.5 degrees Celsius in Gulmarg.
The maximum temperature in Srinagar was recorded at 15.2 degree Celsius, which is 4 degree above normal.
The maximum temperature in Qazigund was recorded at 15 degree Celsius which is 3 degree above normal while the maximum temperature in Pahalgam was recorded at 12.6 degree Celsius, 3 degree above normal.
The maximum temperature in Kupwara was recorded at 15.9 degree Celsius, which is 4 degree above normal while the maximum temperature in Gulmarg was recorded at 5.3 degree Celsius. The maximum temperature in Kargil was recorded at 4.2 degree Celsius.