• Higher reaches receive fresh snowfall
• Met predicts clear, dry weather till Feb 19
• Traffic to ply from Jmu to Sgr on highway
Cold wave intensified in Kashmir on Wednesday as the minimum temperatures dropped while the upper reaches continued to receive fresh snowfall and rains for the second day.
An official at the Metrological department told Rising Kashmir that cold wave has gripped the Valley as the upper reaches received fresh snowfall and rains.
“Higher reaches of Baramulla, Kupwara, Bandipora and Pahalgam received fresh spell of snowfall on Wednesday while plains received light rains in the morning,” the official said.
As per the weatherman, there would be clear and dry weather in Kashmir from Thursday till February 19.
However, the cold wave conditions would continue to prevail in the Valley.
Srinagar recorded the minimum of 1.4 degrees Celsius while the ski-resort of Gulmarg witnessed the minimum temperatures of minus 6.2 degree Celsius.
Pahalgam in south Kashmir settled at a low of minus 4.4 degree Celsius, Kupwara recorded a low of minus 0.6 degree Celsius while Qazigund settled at a low of minus 0.2 degree Celsius.
Jammu city recorded a minimum of 9.6 degrees Celsius, Leh settled at a low of minus 12.2 degree Celsius and Drass at minus 22.7 degrees Celsius, the official said.
As per the Traffic department officials, there would be one-way movement of traffic from Jammu toward Srinagar on the highway and no vehicle would be permitted to ply from the opposite direction.
Light Motor Vehicle (LMV) owners have been asked to cross the Nagrota junction before 11 am and after that Heavy Motor Vehicles would be allowed to ply on the highway.
Meanwhile, Srinagar-Leh highway, Anantnag-Kishtwar road and Mughal Road continued to remain closed for vehicular traffic due to accumulation of several feet of snow and slippery road conditions.