Srinagar: In view of the weather advisory for rains and snow, traffic authorities on Friday advised the public to avoid journey on Jammu-Srinagar highway.
“In view of inclement weather prediction issued by MeT department (rain and snowfall) in J&K for next few days, there are chances of blockade of NHW-44. People are advised to avoid journey on Jammu-Srinagar NHW-44,” a traffic department official was quoted as saying by Global News Service (GNS).
“However, subject to fair weather and better road condition, Light Motor Vehicles (passenger) shall be allowed from Jammu towards Srinagar on the highway,” the official said, adding that commuters are advised to follow the necessary SOP to prevent the spread of COVID-19.”
The MeT office had already issued an advisory and forecasted widespread rain and snowfall from November 13-15 in Jammu and Kashmir.
“An active Western Disturbance is most likely to affect the Union Territories of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh and adjoining areas from 13th (evening) to 15th (late night) November 2020,” an advisory issued earlier this week by deputy director of the local Meteorological department, Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed, read.
“Under the influence of this weather system, widespread moderate rain/snow is expected in Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh regions.”
He said light rain or snow would start at a few places of Kashmir on the night of November 13 and later increase in intensity and distribution with its peak during the next two days and gradual decrease thereafter.
“Main activity of this system, moderate to heavy rain/snow at isolated places, is most likely during November 14 and 15,” he said, warning that the system may cause heavy rain or snow mainly in upper reaches of Kashmir including Gulmarg, Sonamarg, Baramulla, Bandipora (Gurez & Tulail Valley) and Kupwara (Karnah Sector), Shopian, Qazigund-Banihal axis, Pirpanjal Range of Jammu Division, Drass (Gumri and Minamarg) and Zanskar subdivision of Ladakh.
Referring to the impact due to it, the officer said the weather system may lead to temporary disruption of air and surface transportation mainly on Jammu-Srinagar and Srinagar-Leh Highways, Mughal road and other major roads.
“Landslides and shooting stones (can occur) in vulnerable spots of Jammu-Srinagar/Srinagar-Leh Highway,” he said, adding that agricultural operations like apple harvesting and orchard management may get disrupted.
There would also be a dip in day temperature and slight increase in night temperature, the officials added. GNS
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