SRINAGAR — Incessant rains drenched most parts of Jammu and Kashmir even as light to moderate snowfall was reported at several places including Shopian, Pahlagam, Gulmarg, Gurez, Bandipora, Zojila, Drass, Zanskar and other higher middle reaches in J&K and Ladakh, officials said on Saturday.
The weather system has led to the closure of several key roads including Jammu-Srinagar highway and Mughal Road besides Bandipora-Gurez and Machil Road.
A Meteorological Department official said that there was moderate rainfall over plains, and light to moderate snow was observed over middle and upper reaches during the last 12 hours upto 0830 hours on Saturday. It was raining and snowing at most places when this report was filed.
Regarding rainfall and snow recorded upto 0830 hours, he said, the maximum rain was observed over Qazigund (58 mm), Kokernag (50 mm) and Banihal (48 mm).
Srinagar, he said, recorded 31.6 mm, Kupwara 9.6 mm, Pahalgam 43.2 mm, Gulmarg 23.8 mm, Jammu 12.8 mm, Batote 23.2 mm, Katra 33.8 mm and Bhaderwah 8.1 mm.
He said moderate snow was also observed over Gulmarg (6.4 cm), Pahalgam (5.6 cm), Shopian, Zojila, Drass, Zanskar, Gurez (upto 15 inches) and other higher middle reaches.
“Currently it is raining over plains of Kashmir and Jammu and snowing over middle and upper reaches,” the official said. “This system will likely to persist during the next 8-10 hours and gradual decrease thereafter.”
He said there would be significant improvement in the weather from October 24 afternoon and weather is expected to be dry till November 2.
As per the forecast, there will widespread moderate rain in the plains and snow over higher and middle reaches on October 23. On October 24, light to moderate rain is expected at many places.
Due to the weather system, the Meteorological Department has already warned that there could be disruption to both air and highway traffic besides drop in day temperature.
Meanwhile, the Jammu-Srinagar highway and Mughal road has been closed for traffic, sources said.
Officials said that there were landslides at Cafeteria Morh, near Ramban, leading to the closure of the Jammu-Srinagar thoroughfare.
Due to snowfall at Pir Ki Gali and bad weather conditions, Mughal Road was also closed for vehicles movement, DTI Mughal Road Mohammad Qasim said.
Also, Machil road has been closed as a precautionary measure following nearly 6 inches of snowfall there, they said. Bandipora-Gurez Road also continues to be closed following 15 inches of snowfall near Razdan top. There are reports of 4-6 inches of snow at Dawar, Ismarg and Tulail, they said.
Meanwhile, most parts of Kashmir recorded a considerable drop in temperature.
Srinagar recorded a minimum temperature of 5.6°C against 7.6°C on previous night.
Qazigund in south Kashmir recorded a low of 4.4°C against previous night’s 5.8°C, the official said.
Pahalgam in south Kashmir recorded a low of 0.3°C against 3.2°C on previous night and normal of 0.5°C, he said.
Kokernag in south Kashmir recorded a minimum of 3.2°C against 6.6°C on previous night, the official said.
Kupwara town in north Kashmir recorded a low 4.8°C against 5.4°C on the previous night, the official said.
Gulmarg in north Kashmir recorded a minimum of minus 1.5°C against previous night’s 3.8°C, the official said.