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MeT forecasts cloudy weather till March 25 in J&K

•      Avalanche warning for 3 districts • Two-way traffic to ply on Sgr-Jmu highway •      One-way to ply traffic towards from Sgr-Leh

Post by Irfan Yattoo on Sunday, March 19, 2023

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Srinagar, March 18: The Meteorological Department (MeT) on Saturday forecasted mainly cloudy weather and possibility of light rain at isolated places of Kashmir and Jammu region during the next 24 hours.
Director MeT Sonam Lotus told Rising Kashmir that from 19th to 20th March, they were expecting generally cloudy with light rain at isolated to scattered places in J&K.
"There is no forecast of any heavy rain and snow during the time. Farmers are advised to postpone spraying of orchards during the period, he said.
Lotus said weather will remain mostly cloudy till 25th March and there will also decrease in day temperatures during the same time.
Following the cloudy weather, in various parts of Kashmir on Saturday, Kashmir witnessed a dip in night temperatures, Srinagar recorded 14.4 degrees Celsius as the maximum temperature and 6.8 °C as the minimum temperature.
Similarly in Jammu recorded 21.3 degrees Celsius as the maximum temperature and 15.2 °C as the minimum temperature.
Health resort Pahalgam in south Kashmir settled at 10.8 °C degrees and 2.1 °C as minimum temperatures. Ski-resort Gulmarg recorded 4.5 °C as the maximum temperature and 0.5 °C as the minimum temperature.
Jammu and Kashmir Disaster Management Authority (JKDMA) on Saturday issued an avalanche warning for three districts of Jammu division, advising people against venturing out into the avalanche-prone areas.
A spokesperson said, "Avalanche with low danger level is likely to occur above 3000 meters above sea level over Doda, Kishtwar, and Ramban districts during the next 24 hours.
"People are advised to take precautions and avoid venturing in the avalanche-prone areas till further orders", he said.
During the past 24 hours, the traffic on the Jammu-Srinagar highway remained blocked for more than three hours due to shooting stones at Mehar-Cafeteria, Shalgadi and Rampari areas.
“There was a slow movement on NH-44 due to the breakdown of 09 HMVs between Nashri and NAVYUG Tunnel,” the traffic police spokesman said.
A traffic police spokesman said on Sunday, subject to fair weather and road clearance, LMVs Passenger/Private Cars shall be allowed from both sides on Jammu-Srinagar NHW viz Jammu towards Srinagar and vice-versa. TCU Jammu/Srinagar shall be liaise with TCU Ramban before releasing the traffic.
Similarly, on the Srinagar-Leh road, only one-way traffic ( Light Motor Vehicles Goods carrier 04 Chakka ) from Srinagar towards Kargil shall be allowed on Srinagar-Sonamarg-Gumari road. These vehicles shall be allowed from Sonamarg at 0600 hrs. up to 0830 hrs. No vehicle shall be allowed after cut-off timing, the spokesman said.

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