SRINAGAR: The intermittent rainfall continued to lash the plains of Jammu and Kashmir for the second day while the upper reaches received fresh snowfall on Tuesday, bringing down the mercury across the Union Territory.

The major roads including the Srinagar-Jammu highway, Mughal Road, and others remained closed for vehicular movement.

Sadhna Top received about one feet of snowfall, while Afarwat hills experienced a snowfall of six inches. In Gulmarg, a snowfall of nearly one inch was experienced while Zojjila also recorded a snowfall of 6 inches, officials said.

According to a document prepared by a local Meteorological department (MeT), Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir received a precipitation of 20.9 mm till Tuesday morning while Qazigund received a rainfall of 47.4 mm.

Pahalgam received a rainfall of 27.4mm while the highest precipitation of 52.0 mm was recorded at Kokarnag, the document reads.

The wet spell has led to the further dip in mercury. According to the details, Srinagar recorded a maximum temperature of 11.6 degree Celsius while Anantnag recorded 9.2 degree Celsius.

Gulmarg, a world famous ski-resort, recorded a maximum temperature of 2.0 degree Celsius while Pahalgam in South Kashmir recorded 9.1 degree Celsius.

The continuous wet spell has forced the closure of major roads including Srinagar-Jammu National Highway.

The Srinagar-Jammu highway was closed for vehicular movement in wake of the landslide and shooting stones at multiple places. The highway has closed as a precautionary measure while the officials said the road clearance work is underway.

Some of the other roads including Bandipora to Gurez Road, Sinthan Top- Road, Sadnatop-Tangdar Road, Kishtwar Road and Mughal Road continue to remain closed due to fresh snowfall.

Meanwhile, Director MeT, Sonum Lotus told KNO that the weather conditions would improve from tomorrow.

“The weather is expected to turn pleasant from tomorrow as there is no forecast of any wet spell till October 24,” he said, adding that the temperature would also start increasing gradually from tomorrow. KNO)


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