Parts of Kashmir receive moderate snowfall

Srinagar: The weather across the valley on Saturday remained cloudy with reports of light rain and snow at scattered places. Several parts of Kashmir received light snowfall during the intervening night of Friday and Saturday, officials said.

The wet weather forced closure of the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway for several hours. According to officials the traffic was later restored on the highway and stranded vehicles were released.

Last night the snow was reported from parts of south Kashmir and upper reaches of the valley from Friday evening while rain was reported in Srinagar city.

According to the Meteorological department the weather is likely to remain erratic with cloudy, intermittent rain and snow till January 26 across Jammu and Kashmir.

The MeT has predicted moderate to heavy snow and rain from January 24 to 26 over middle and higher reaches.

The MeT department has predicted erratic weather with cloudy, with light to moderate snow or rain over scattered places of J&K till January 29.

With last night’s light snow , the minimum temperature improved in several places in Kashmir.

According to MeT, Srinagar recorded the minimum temperature of 0.2 degrees Celsius, up from Thursday night’s -0.1 degrees Celsius.

The famous skiing resort of Gulmarg in north Kashmir’s Baramulla, recorded -8.4 degrees Celsius. The other resort of Pahalgam in Anantnag district of south Kashmir recorded -3.8 degrees Celsius. Qazigund, the gateway town to the Valley, recorded the minimum temperature of -0.4 degrees Celsius. The mercury in Kupwara settled at a low of minus 2.8 degrees Celsius.

The MeT has urged people living in snowbound areas to remain alert and cautious while venturing in the areas which are vulnerable to snow avalanches.

The State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA) on Saturday issued an avalanche warning for 10 districts in the union territory in the next 24 hours.

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