SRINAGAR, Jan 10: Kashmir valley today experienced fresh snowfall and authorities have issued fresh avalanche warning in North Kashmir.
After intense cold weather conditions since last night, fresh snowfall started in Kashmir valley due to western disturbance that reached Kashmir.
A Meteorological Department official said that rain and snow is likely in Kashmir from this evening till January 13 due to the influence of the Western Disturbance. “A Western Disturbance (WD) is approaching Jammu and Kashmir. Under its influence, another spell of intermittent rain and snow is likely from today evening till January 13,” he said.
And authorities have issued medium danger avalanche warning in parts of Kashmir. “Medium danger ( 3-Yellow level) avalanche warning for higher reaches of Bandipora and Ganderbal districts and a low danger (2-Yellow level) for Baramulla, Kupwara and Kargil districts for the next 24 hours,” an official said.
In the meantime, cold wave conditions continued in Kashmir today.
Srinagar today recorded a minimum of minus 0.3 degree Celsius while the maximum day temperature settled at 4.4 degrees Celsius.
Pahalgam recorded a minimum of minus 11.4 degrees Celsius while the maximum day temperature settled at 1.5 degrees Celsius.
Gulmarg recorded a minimum of minus 8.5 degrees Celsius while the maximum day temperature was minus 2.6 degrees Celsius.
Leh had a minimum of minus 15.0 degrees Celsius while the maximum day temperature was 2.5 degrees Celsius.
Kargil recorded a minimum of minus 18.5 degrees Celsius while the maximum day temperature settled at minus 2.0 degrees Celsius.
And in the meantime, Border Roads Organization (BRO) is making all out efforts to clear the snow on Bandipora -Gurez road to make the road through for vehicular traffic.
“Despite freezing weather conditions and icy surface on the 86-km long stretch of Bandipora Gurez Road , it is for the first time that Border Roads Organisation is putting its workforce and machinery to clear the road off snow in winters to provide extended connectivity”, said Officer Commanding of 56 RCC, Lt Colonel APS Khaira.
“We are making efforts to open the road for traffic to connect Dawar with the rest of the world even though the weather conditions are extremely unfavourable and hostile for such a task “, he said. He added that the road will be opened for traffic in three days provided all goes well as the snow clearance teams have crossed the Razdhan Pass.
The snow accumulation at the Razdhan Pass is over 7 feet and the sub zero temperature make the surface icy . “Once the road is through the safety measure has to be ensured by the district administration by allowing 4/4 vehicles with non-skid chains ” he said.
The official said that regular assessment of the road has to be done to ensure the safety of the commuters.