Srinagar, Mar 20: Incessant rains and snow lashed the plains while upper reaches received fresh snowfall in Kashmir valley today leading to cold weather conditions with temperatures dropping.
The overnight rains in the Valley have inundated roads at several places, including the Regal Chowk in commercial hub of Lal Chowk in Srinagar City. However, at few places de-watering is going on.
The Meteorological Department (MeT) spokesman had warned that there could be widespread light to moderate rain, snow or thundershowers over the Jammu and Kashmir during the next 24 hours which could result in drop in the temperature.
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He said that there could be light to moderate rain or snow or thundershowers and the maximum temperature will drop further and settle at 9 degree, six notches below normal in the summer capital during the next 24 hours. However, the minimum temperature will be near normal, he said.
Srinagar recorded maximum day temperature of 5.2 degree Celsius, which is 9.7 degree Celsius below normal while the minimum temperature was at 2.4 degree Celsius, 2.3 degree below normal.
Qazigund recorded maximum day temperature of 4.6 degree Celsius, 10.1 degree Celsius below normal while the minimum temperature settled at 3.7 degree Celsius.
Pahalgam recorded maximum day temperature of 4.2 degree Celsius, which is 8.0 degree Celsius below normal while the minimum temperature settled at minus 1.7 degree Celsius, which is 1.6 degree below normal.
Gulmarg recorded maximum day temperature of 4.6 degree Celsius while the minimum temperature was minus 2.0 degree Celsius.
Several roads leading to border areas in North Kashmir’s Kupwara district were closed today following fresh snowfall in higher reaches and rains in plains. The higher reaches of Kupwara witnessed snowfall from early morning due to which the border roads have been closed.
The road connecting Karnah with district headquarter has been closed for traffic movement amid fresh snowfall at Sadhna-Top as the road has become slippery. However, the road connecting Machhil and Keran areas of Karnah tehsil with the district headquarter remains closed for past more than two months.
Last week, three persons died when they were caught in a snow blizzard near Khooni Nallah at Sadhna Top.
The incessant rains triggered fresh landslides on Srinangar-Jammu highway and the movement of the traffic movement was suspended due to the landslides in the morning. However, it was resumed later and the movement of traffic is on from Jammu to Srinagar. A traffic official said that the traffic will ply from Jammu to Srinagar tomorrow as well.