Meteorological Centre Srinagar predicts mainly dry weather with warmer days ahead after incessant rains lashed plains and snowfall over higher reaches that triggered wintry conditions in Jammu and Kashmir.
With the improvement in weather, traffic on the strategic Srinagar-Jammu national highway was restored on Wednesday, officials said.
Srinagar-Jammu National was closed at several places due to landslides caused by incessant rains during the past few days.
“Traffic movement restored on Srinagar-Jammu national highway”, J&K traffic police said on X.
The MeT office predicts mainly dry weather with warmer days from October 19 to 21 in Jammu and Kashmir.
The weather is foggy in the plains of Kashmir Valley and other parts of J&K, while it is partly cloudy in the rest of the places. The weather will gradually improve further as the day progresses, the MeT office said.
It said the weather generally will remain cloudy with chances of light rain or snowfall over higher reaches likely at scattered places in Jammu and Kashmir from October 22–23, while it will remain cloudy from October 24-28.
There is no major rain or snowfall for the next ten days in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, the MeT office said.
There are reports of fresh light snowfall from Gulmarg, Sadnatop, Peer ki Gali, Sinthan Pass, Gurez, Tulail, Sonamarg, and the Zojila axis on the Srinagar-Leh Highway besides the upper reaches during the past 24 hours.
The inclement weather during the past few days has lowered the temperature in Kashmir Valley, forcing people, including tourists, to wear warmer clothes.
Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, recorded a low of 7.8 degrees Celsius, and the maximum was recorded at 11.6 degree Celsius on Wednesday.
The tourist hot spot of Pahalgam in south Kashmir recorded a low of 3.7 degree Celsius, Kokernag recorded a low of 5.6 degree Celsius, and the ski resort of Gulmarg in north Kashmir recorded a low of 0.0 degree Celsius, the MeT office said.