oderate snow, rains lashed Kashmir on Tuesday even as the MeT department predicted “significant” improvement in the weather from Wednesday (Today. afternoon.
A MeT official said there is “no forecast of any significant weather activity for next few days in Jammu and Kashmir.
Due to snow since Tuesday there were landslides at various places on 270-kilometre Jammu-Srinagar Highway causing disruption in the traffic.
There was moderate snowfall at most places in Kashmir on Tuesday, bringing cheer to those associated with tourism and trade as they expect business to pick up in the New Year’s Eve.
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The snowfall ahead of the new year has seen many domestic tourists and locals rushing to Gulmarg and Pahalgam, they said.
Meanwhile, Kashmir is currently under the grip of ‘Chillai-Kalan’ — the 40-day harshest winter period when a cold wave grips the region and the temperature drops considerably leading to the freezing of water bodies, including the famous Dal Lake here as well as the water supply lines in several parts of the Valley.
The chances of snowfall are most frequent and maximum during this period and most areas, especially in the higher reaches, receive heavy snowfall, the officials said.