Srinagar: Amid the advisory by meteorological department for widespread rains or snow, minimum temperatures increased across Kashmir Valley on Sunday.
An official from meteorological department said that Srinagar recorded a low of 7.4°C against 6.0°C on the previous night. The minimum temperature was 4.7°C above normal for this time of the year in the capital.
Qazigund, the gateway town of Kashmir, recorded a low of 5.7°C against 4.4°C on the previous night while mercury settled at 0.1°C against minus 0.2°C on the earlier night in Pahalgam, the famous tourist resort in south Kashmir.
Kokernag recorded a low of 6.0°C against previous night’s 4.3°C. The minimum temperature settled at 5.3°C in Kupwara against 2.8°C on the previous night.
Gulmarg recorded minimum temperature of 2.0°C against minus 0.5°C on the previous night. The temperature at the world famous skiing resort which received nearly 3 feet fresh snowfall last week is 4.3°C normal for this time of the year, the official said.
The weather office has already issued an advisory regarding widespread rains or snowfall in Jammu and Kashmir.
“In quick succession, two Western Disturbances are most likely to affect J&K and adjoining areas from March 21 (afternoon),” the advisory reads issued by the department.
“Under the influence of these weather systems, widespread moderate rain/snow is expected in Jammu, Kashmir and light rain/ snow at a few places of Ladakh region on March 21. There is possibility of thunder/lightning with hail and gusty winds at isolated places in Jammu division,” reads the advisory.
Another western disturbance is most likely to affect J&K and neighbourhood from March 22 afternoon with its peak intensity during 22 night to 23 night and gradual decrease thereafter, the advisory reads further.
“The system is most likely to cause heavy rain/snow mainly in upper reaches of Kashmir (Gulmarg, Sonamarg, Baramulla, Bandipora (Gurez & Tulail Valley) and Kupwara (Karnah Sector), Shopian, Qazigund-Banihal axis. Pirpanjal Range of Jammu Division, Drass (Gumri & Minamurg) and Zanskar subdivision of ladakh.”
As per the advisory, the probable impacts include “temporary” disruption of surface traffic mainly on Jammu-Srinagar/Srinagar-Leh Highway, Mughal road and other major roads.
There is possibility of landslides and shooting stones in vulnerable spots of Jammu-Srinagar and Srinagar-Leh Highway, the advisory says.
Possible impacts also include temporary water logging in low lying areas and dip in day temperature.
“Suspend/avoid agricultural and horticultural operations (fertilizer and chemical spray) and drain out excess water.”
Separately, in a daily statement about the forecast, the meteorological department issued “yellow warning” for isolated thunder/hail/gusty winds in Kashmir as well as Jammu divisions on March 21 and 22.
However, for March 23, the weatherman has issued ‘amber warning’ for “scattered heavy rain/snow/thunder/lightning” with likely disruption in Surface traffic Jammu-Srinagar highway and Srinagar-Leh highway due to landslides and water logging in low lying area.”
On March 24, there is no warning but the weatherman said that there may be disruption in surface traffic on both highways due to landslides.
There are four colour codes which signify the level of caution: green which means no action, yellow—situation to be watched, amber—government agencies need to be prepared for severe weather and red—action needed by the agencies. (GNS)