JAMMU, JAN 07
Intensity of snowfall and rainfall in parts of Jammu and Kashmir is likely to increase on Friday and Saturday, the weather department has predicted.
The vehicular movement on Jammu-Srinagar NHW may remain suspend in view of heavy rain, shooting stones, landslides and slippery road conditions along the NH-44.
People asked not to start their journey on Jammu-Srinagar National Highway without confirming the status of road from TCUs
However, Jammu AP division recorded 88.6 mm rainfall and Kathua recorded 80 mm rainfall.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) today said that intensity of the ongoing snowfall in Jammu and Kashmir’s Gulmarg and Pahalgam and light rain at scattered places is expected to increase “as the day progresses”, with heavy rain/snow on Saturday .
“IMD issues Red Colour (be vigilant) weather warning for J&K for January 7,” an official of the MeT said.
Currently, it is snowing at most places of Kashmir and hilly areas of Jammu while raining at a few places of Jammu region.
“Expect further increase in rain/snow intensity as the day progresses with main intensity of heavy to Very heavy rain/snow during 7th (night) and January 8th,” he said in a statement . “There would be gradual improvement from January 9th Morning onwards in J&K.
There are four types of colour codes signifying 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.
The MeT Official said the weather system may affect surface and air transportation, mainly on Saturday. “It may cause avalanche/landslide in vulnerable spots.”
The MeT office has urged people not to venture in avalanche prone areas, follow traffic advisory seriously as well as maintain proper ventilation of their rooms.
Meanwhile, “Currently it’s snowing at Gulmarg and Pahalgam with light rain at scattered places. Intensity set to increase as the day progresses with main activity tonight and tomorrow (January 8) leading to heavy rain/snow in J&K,” according to a tweet by the IMD.
Kashmir recorded widespread light to moderate rain and snow, with the highest snowfall in Gulmarg (43.4 mm) and Batote (44 mm) during the early hours on Wednesday.
Gulmarg recorded 43.4 mm snow and 43 mm rain, followed by Pahalgam that recorded 39 mm rain and 23.2 mm snowfall.
Mewanwhile, flights at the Sringar Airport were delayed due to adverse weather and low visibility. “We were able to operate 35 flights and 6 were cancelled,” the airport said on Wednesday.