Srinagar: The sun shone in parts of Kashmir on Saturday as the latest spell of snowfall, which continued intermittently for three days, ended in the region.
Srinagar and other plains of valley received the season’s first snowfall during the last 24 hours. The snowfall in most parts of the valley including Srinagar had ended by late Friday.
The wet weather of Friday had caused traffic disruptions and also triggered threats of avalanches in mountainous areas across Kashmir.
Officials said the surface connectivity as well as air traffic, which was disrupted by the snowfall in the region on Friday, was restored and vehicles stranded along the Srinagar-Jammu highway were allowed to move.
The highway was thrown open for traffic Saturday morning after the road was cleared.
The Meteorological department in Srinagar said dry and generally cloudy weather is expected in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday.
The minimum temperature in Srinagar, dropped to a low of -0.1°C. The night temperatures in Gulmarg, the resort famous with skiers during winter, the overnight temperature slid to -11 °C.
In Ladakh union territory, Kargil weather station had minus 8.4 and Leh minus 12 as the minimum temperature.
Jammu had 6.6, Katra 5.8, Batote minus 1.3 and Banihal minus 0.2 degrees as the minimum temperature.
MeT department predicted another western disturbance likely to hit Jammu & Kashmir January 19 onwards.
From January 15-18, the MeT predicted partly cloudy weather for J&K. It said fog is likely in plains of Jammu and Kashmir during morning hours in coming days.
“There will be a rise in day temperature and drop in minimum temperatures,” MeT said