Srinagar, May 01: After two days of dry weather, Kashmir on Monday experienced light rains and hailstorm at isolated places, while Meteorological Department (MeT) has predicted intermittent widespread rain, snowfall over upper reaches during the next two days in the region.
Director Meteorological Centre Kashmir, Sonam Lotus told Rising Kashmir as expected light rains occurred at most places on Monday and hailstorm lashed south Kashmir parts on Monday.
He said during the next 48 hours, there will be intermittent rain, thunderstorms with light snowfall over higher reaches very likely at most places of J&K with possibility of hailstorm in plains. Thunderstorms may be accompanied by strong gusty winds, he said.
Lotus advised farmers to suspend irrigation in field crops and chemical spraying of Orchards during the next few days. Travel after confirming road status from concerned traffic police, he said.
Following the cloudy weather, in various parts of Kashmir on Monday, Kashmir witnessed a drop in night temperatures, Srinagar recorded 19.8 degrees Celsius as the maximum temperature and 11.3 °C as the minimum temperature.
Health resort Pahalgam in south Kashmir settled at 17.2 °C degrees and 4.7 °C as minimum temperatures. Ski-resort Gulmarg recorded minus 9.6°C as the maximum temperature and 4.0°C as the minimum temperature.
A traffic police department spokesman said that from the past 24 hours, Jammu-Srinagar highway remained blocked for more than five hours due to filling of potholes at Cafeteria mode and closure of C-N Tunnel by tunnel authorities.
He said on Tuesday, 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 liaise with TCU Ramban before releasing the traffic, it said.
Similarly, on the Srinagar-Leh road, one way traffic from Srinagar towards Kargil shall be allowed on Srinagar-Sonamarg-Gumri road. These vehicles shall be allowed from Sonamarg, LMVs at 0630 hrs. to 0730 hrs followed by HMVs upto 0930 hrs. No vehicle shall be allowed after cut off timing, the spokesman said.