Press Esc to close
Sunday 29 May 2016
News updated at 8:28 PM IST
Weather
Max: 33.2°C
Min : 22.3°C
In Bengaluru
Partially cloudy

Cold wave, snowfall sweep Valley

Srinagar, Nov 29, 2012, DHNS,

Kashmir has been under the grip of cold weather after fresh snowfall in upper reaches and rains in the plains since Wednesday evening.

Met officials said ski resorts of Gulmarg, Tangmarg, Sonamarg, Pahalgam and areas closer to the Line of Control including Machil, Tangdhar, Gurez and Zanaskar experienced light to moderate snowfall.

They said Gulmarg recorded 1 to 1.5 feet snowfall since last evening while Gurez witnessed one feet and Pahlagam 4 to 6 inches.  Two feet snow had accumulated on the highway between Sonamarg and Zojilla pass which usually attracts heaviest snowfall during the winter resulting in closure of the road for traffic for nearly five months a year, they added.

Drass and Kargil towns also experienced snowfall last night. While Drass recorded two inches of snow till this afternoon, Kargil which was the coldest place in the state with a low of minus 5.8 degrees Celsius witnessed mild snowfall,

According to a statement of Disaster Management Office of the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, roads leading to Kargil, Machil, Tangdhar, Gurez and Zanaskar remained closed on Thursday. However, Srinagar-Jammu National Highway remained open for traffic while air traffic remained normal, with all flights operating on time.

In view of snowfall and slippery conditions of Tangmarg-Gulmarg road, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Dr Asgar Hassan Samoon has ordered that only vehicles having 4x4 facility or fitted with anti-skid chains on tyres shall be allowed to move from Tangmarg up to Gulmarg till further orders.

The Div Com has asked Deputy Commissioner, Baramulla, Senior Superintendent Police Baramulla, Chief Executive Officer Gulmarg Development Authority and other officials to ensure implementation of the order in letter and spirit.

Meanwhile, Kashmir valley is witnessing a severe cold wave, particularly during the night. However, the night temperature improved due to cloudy weather with Srinagar recording minus 3.3 degrees C minimum temperature.

“The present Western Disturbance over the state is likely to intensify and will affect J&K,” said an official of local MeT department.

The MeT department predicts fall in day temperature by 4-5 degrees C. However, the night temperature is expected to rise by 1 to 2 degrees C.


Go to Top

Photo Gallery
A shepherd flocking sheep on the Tosamaidan meadow, in district Budgam of central Kashmir...

A shepherd flocking sheep on the Tosamaidan meadow, in district Budgam of central Kashmir...

Visitors at an Electric Vehicles Expo in Kolkata on Sunday...

Visitors at an Electric Vehicles Expo in Kolkata on Sunday...

Smoke billowing out after a major fire at an AC kit manufacturing facility at Manesar, Gurgaon...

Smoke billowing out after a major fire at an AC kit manufacturing facility at Manesar, Gurgaon...

Girls enjoying in the Arabian sea against the backdrop of monsoon clouds in Kochi...

Girls enjoying in the Arabian sea against the backdrop of monsoon clouds in Kochi...

A Sikh devotee paying obeisance at the Golden Temple on the occasion of Guru Gaddi diwas of sixth..

A Sikh devotee paying obeisance at the Golden Temple on the occasion of Guru Gaddi diwas of sixth..

Students celebrate their success after CBSE announced its 10th class results...

Students celebrate their success after CBSE announced its 10th class results...

A Group of Bengaluru Mothers getting prepared for the Babywearing dance to be held next month...

A Group of Bengaluru Mothers getting prepared for the Babywearing dance to be held next month...

Volunteers clean Tapi river to celebrate the completion of two years of Modi government...

Volunteers clean Tapi river to celebrate the completion of two years of Modi government...

Madras Regimental jawans jubilate after winning the Dakshin Bharat Area Cross Country Championship..

Madras Regimental jawans jubilate after winning the Dakshin Bharat Area Cross Country Championship..

Congress workers shave their heads at a protest on NDA Governments' second anniversary...

Congress workers shave their heads at a protest on NDA Governments' second anniversary...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523