MeT predicts light snowfall in higher reaches

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Srinagar, Jan 22: As the intermittent rains and snowfall continued to since Sunday evening in the Valley, the local meteorological department on Tuesday predicted improvement in the weather conditions from late evening.
Deputy Director MeT, Mukhtar Ahmad said that there will be improvement in the weather conditions from today evening while as the Wednesday would remain cloudy throughout the day. “On Wednesday, there is possibility of light snowfall in the higher reaches as well,’ he added.
Ahmad further added that there is no further prediction of rain or snowfall across the Valley till January 29 but on Jan 25, the weather would remain cloudy throughout the day as per the present forecast.
The intermittent rainfall continued to lash plains since Sunday evening while as the higher reaches and other districts of the Valley experienced fresh snowfall.
The snowfall at various places especially Srinagar-Jammu highway led to the continuous closure of the only road connecting Valley with rest of the States.
The highway was closed for second straight day today in view of the fresh snowfall that triggered slippery conditions of the roads.
However, the surface traffic remained open today.
Meanwhile, hundreds of passengers are stranded on the highway at Banihal or other districts in Jammu due to the closure of roads who have demanded authorities to open the highway for vehicular movement at an earliest.
However, officials said that men and machinery has already been deployed to clear the road but the fresh snowfall today disrupted the road clearance work. ‘The road clearance work is on and the road will be thrown open after the roads are cleared,” they added. (KNS)