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Rains, snow predicted from today

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Srinagar, Feb 28: The local weather office here on Wednesday predicted moderate rain or snow at widespread places across Jammu and Kashmir from tomorrow (March 01) which, it said,  may lead to disruption of surface transportation, mainly on the national highway.

An advisory issued here by MeT to Divisional Commissioner Kashmir said that a fresh Western Disturbance (WD) is affecting Jammu and Kashmir and adjoining areas and most likely to affect the state from March 01 to morning to March 03 (forenoon).

“Under the influence of this system, moderate rain/snow is expected at widespread places of Jammu, Kashmir and moderate snowfall in Ladakh, mainly in Kargil district,” the advisory said.

It said the higher reaches of Kashmir and Jammu most likely to receive moderate to heavy rain/snow. “Anantnag, Shopian, Kulgam, Pulwama and Budgam districts will most likely receive heavy rain/snow,” it said.

This may lead to disruption of surface transportation mainly (national highway), it predicted.

Meanwhile, the Minister for Disaster Management, Relief, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction, Javaid Mustafa Mir has directed the Divisional and District Disaster Management Authorities to be in a state of preparedness in view of the inclement weather forecast issued by Meteorological department for next three days.

The Minister instructed IGP Traffic to ensure that all precautionary measures are taken well in advance for smooth traffic movement and clearance of stranded vehicles as the inclement weather may lead to temporary closure of the national highway.

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