Incessant rains drenched most parts of Jammu and Kashmir even as light to moderate snowfall was reported at several places including Shopian, Pahlagam, Gulmarg, Gurez In Bandipora, Zojila, Drass, Zanskar and other higher middle reaches in J&K and Ladakh, officials said on Saturday.
A meteorological department official here told GNS that there was moderate rainfall over plains and light to moderate snow was observed over middle and upper reaches during last 12 hours upto 0830 hours today. It was raining and snowing at most places when this report was filed.
Regarding rainfall and snow recorded upto 0830 hours, he said highest rain was observed over Qazigund (58 mm), Kukernag (50mm) and Banihal (48mm).
“Currently it is raining over plains of Kashmir and Jammu and snowing over middle and upper reaches,” the official said, “This system will likely to persist during next 8-10 hours and gradual decrease thereafter.”
He said there would be significant improvement in the weather from October 24 afternoon and weather is expected to be dry till November 2.
As per the forecast there will widespread moderate rain in the plains and snow over higher and middle reaches on Oct 23. On October 24, light to moderate rain is expected at many places.
Due to the weather system, the MeT has already warned that there could be disruption to both air and highway traffic besides drop in day temperature.
Due to snowfall at Pir Ki Gali and bad weather conditions, Mughal road was also closed for vehicles movement, DTI Mughal Road Mohammad Qasim confirmed to GNS.
Also Machil road has been closed as a precautionary measure following nearly 6 inches of snowfall there, they said. Bandipora-Gurez also continues to be closed following 15 inches of snowfall near Razdan top. There are reports of 4-6 inches of snow at Dawar, Ismarg and
Tulail, they said.
Meanwhile, most parts of Kashmir recorded a considerable drop in temperature.
Srinagar recorded minimum temperature of 5.6°C against 7.6°C on previous night, the official here told Global News Service.
Qazigund, the gateway town of Kashmir, recorded a low of 4.4°C against previous night’s 5.8°C, the official said.
Kokernag, also in south Kashmir, recorded a minimum of 3.2°C against 6.6°C on previous night, the official said.