Valley News Desk

Wet spell to continue till Thursday: MeT

gher reaches receive snowfall,
rains lash plains.

SAQIB MALIK

Srinagar, Nov 23: Rains lashed plains while upper reaches of the Valley
received light to moderate snowfall since Sunday night, the Meteorological
Department has predicted
the ongoing wet spell to continue till Thursday forenoon.of snowfall has led to the closure of Srinagar-Leh National

Highway and the Mughal Road,connecting the Valley with the Pir Panchal region.

Light rainfall started in the plains on Sunday night while  its intensity increased since Monday morning. Higher reaches including ski-resort Gulmarg in Baramulla has recorded over 1 feet of fresh snowfall, MeT officials said.

Other higher reaches including Pir kiGalli, Sadhna Top, Karnah, Kupwara, Zojila pass also received moderate snow-
fall, officials said. Several towns of the Valley were also draped in a fresh
blanket of snow. Fresh snowfall in the higher reaches especially Gulmarg is attracting tourists in large num-
bers.

As per a weather advisory issued on Monday, MeT officials said the ongoing wet spell was likely to con-
tinue till Thursday noon. As per MeT data, summer capital Srinagar recorded 5.7 millimetre rainfall while
Gulmarg recorded 24 mm, Qazigund 4.2 mm, Pahalgam 22.9 mm, Kupwara 14 mm, Banihal 14.4 mm, Batote 4.4 mm and Bhaderwah 2.8 mm rainfall during the last two days.
RAINS CAUSE SHARP FALL IN DAY TEMPERATURES:
The rainfall and fresh spell of snow has brought some
relief in the night temperatures. Srinagar which had
recorded the coldest night of the season on Saturday at
minus 3 degrees Celsius on Sunday night recorded above
zero temperature at 1.5 degrees Celsius.
However, the incessant rains and fresh spell of snow-
fall has caused a sharp fall in day temperatures. Sri-
nagar on Monday recorded the coldest day temperature
of the season so far at 3.7 degrees Celsius. Gulmarg was
the coldest recorded place in the Valley at 0.5 degrees
Celsius while Pahalgam in south Kashmir recorded 2.7
degrees Celsius maximum temperature. More people
could be seen using the traditional Kangri and electric
devices to keep themselves warm. The usage of tradi-
tional hamam for heating purposes has already picked
up this season.
AVALANCHE WARNING ISSUED:
The Snow and Avalanche Study Establishment (SASE)
on Monday issued avalanche warnings for several areas
of the Valley and Ladakh. SASE has issued a “2nd level
Yellow warning” for Anantnag, Kulgam, Baramulla, Kup-
wara, Bandipora and Ganderbal. The India Meteorological
Department (IMD) has also issued a “Orange colour warn-
ing” which advises people to be vigilant and alert for higher
reaches of Jammu and Kashmir and Sonmarg-Zojila axis.
As per MeT, the ongoing inclement weather will cause a
temporary disruption of Zojila, Banihal-Ramban axis and
Mughal Road.
NORMAL FLIGHT OPERATIONS AT SRINAGAR AIRPORT:
Despite the inclement weather, normal flight opera-
tions took place at the Srinagar International Airport on
Monday. Officials said the runway visibility was sufficient
for aircraft landing and take-offs.

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