Life in Kashmir continue to be affected as inclement weather conditions prevail while as Divisional Administration today issued a weather advisory according to which Western Disturbance is likely to affect Jammu and Kashmir from January 22 to January 26.According to GNS correspondent, normal life across Kashmir Valley remained affected for the third consecutive day due to intermittent snowfall in almost all the districts. Reports reaching here said that moderate snowfall occurred across the Valley till late last evening and it again started this evening.Reports from south Kashmir’s Pulwama, Shopian, Anantnag and Kulgam districts said that from half-feet to one and a half foot of snow accumulated at several places. The upper reaches of the Valley including Gulmarg, Banihal, Pahalgam, Sonamarg, Amarnath Cave, Peer Ki Gali, Zojila, Sinthan Top, Razdan Top and Gurez also received fresh snowfall.Due to fresh snowfall, the roads connecting remote areas with district headquarters remain closed, according to reports received here. Residents of scores of south Kashmir remote areas complained of erratic electric and water supply and appealed authorities to ensure uninterrupted supplies to their respective villages. After remaining closed for two consecutive days, the stranded vehicles on Srinagar-Jammu NH were cleared today. However authorities said that due to slippery conditions and inclement weather, there would be only one way traffic from Jammu to Srinagar tomorrow. “In case weather situation turns worse, then no vehicle would be allowed to ply,” he said.
In the meanwhile, Divisional Administration Kashmir today issued a weather advisory according to which Western Disturbance is likely to affect Jammu and Kashmir from January 22 to January 26, 2017.“A fresh weather system (Western Disturbance) over J&K is likely to affect the State from 22 January afternoon to 26 January. Under the influence of this system moderate rain/snow is expected in most places of J&K region,” a statement of the Divisional administration said.The statement said that higher reaches of Kashmir, Ladakh and hilly areas of Jammu are likely to receive moderate to heavy snowfall during the period. “This may lead to closure of National Highway and disruption of surface and air transport,” the statement said. Accordingly, Deputy Commissioners of Kashmir Division including Leh and Kargil have been asked to take precautionary measures in their respective districts, the statement added.According to reports, a medium danger avalanche warning was today issued for some districts of Jammu and Kashmir and people were advised not to venture into vulnerable areas. Chandigarh-based Snow and Avalanche Study Establishment in an advisory said a medium danger warning exists for avalanche- prone slopes above an altitude of 2800 metres in Anantnag, Kupwara and Baramulla districts of Jammu and Kashmir for the next 24 hours starting 5 PM today. It advised people not to venture into such areas during the period.A MeT Department official said light rain/ snow would occur at a few places over the State in next 24 hours. He said Srinagar recorded 4.1 degree Celsius maximum temperature today while night temperature settled at -2.5. Similarly, he said, Qazigund recorded 4.3 degree Celsius maximum temperature, Pahalgam 1.3, Kupwara 4.1, Kukoernag 1.6, Gulmarg -4.0, Leh -0.2 and Kargil -3.8.(GNS)