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Friday, December 9, 2022

Rains, snow in Kashmir after higher than normal temp; highway shut

There was fresh snowfall in Kashmir on Saturday which brought back cold wave-like conditions in the Himalayan valley.

Fresh snowfall was reported from most parts of Kashmir, including Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, the officials said.

Macchil and Z-Gali areas in remote Kupwara district recorded snow between one foot to 18 inches, while places like Gulmarg, Baramulla, and Sonamarg recorded up to seven inches of snow.

Srinagar has been witnessing rainfall since Friday night, followed by sleet and brief snowfall on Saturday.

The rain and snowfall that occurred after the day temperature for the past week were several degrees higher than normal for this time of the year.

The precipitation has brought down the day temperature by several degrees. While the maximum temperature on Friday was 15 degrees Celsius, the minimum temperature was 3.8 degrees Celsius.

The weatherman has forecast improvement in weather from Sunday evening.

Meanwhile, vehicular traffic on the Jammu-Srinagar highway was halted on Saturday after heavy overnight rains triggered shooting stones and landslides in Banihal area of Ramban district.

The landslides took place on the highway in Banihal area early this morning after rains intensified from around 3 am in the area prompting authorities to shut the highway for vehicular traffic.

Traffic was scheduled to ply from Jammu towards Srinagar today, officials said.
They said traffic was stopped at several places including Ramban, Chanderkote, Udhampur, and Nagrota.

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