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Div Com directs officers to stay alert, remain stationed at headquarters

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Fresh snowfall predicted

Srinagar: As MeT department forecast fresh snowfall in the valley, the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, P K Pole, has issued directions for all the officers to stay alert and keep the men and machinery ready to tackle any post snowfall situation. Pole directed officials to stay at the headquarters in order to promptly take measured to tackle any situation arising after the snowfall.

“The officers have been directed to gear up and men and machinery ready to tackle the post snowfall situation,” he said.

MeT department has predicted a snow spell across J&K from January 22 evening to January 24, saying that light to moderate snowfall would occur in plains of Kashmir while higher reaches in some areas would receive moderate to heavy snowfall.

Meanwhile, the minimum temperatures across the Valley increased marginally on Friday, even as they remained several notches below the freezing point, a Meteorological Department official said here.

Srinagar city recorded a low of minus 6.1 degrees Celsius, nearly four notches below the normal for this time of the year. The city had recorded a minimum temperature of minus 7 degrees Celsius the previous night, the official said.

The minimum temperature in Gulmarg in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district was minus 6 degrees Celsius last night, up from minus 7.8 degrees Celsius the night before.

Pahalgam tourist resort, which also serves as a base camp for the annual Amarnath Yatra in south Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 7 degrees Celsius, up from minus 9.3 degrees Celsius the night before.

Qazigund recorded a minimum temperature of 6.2 degrees Celsius, the official said.

Kupwara in north Kashmir recorded a low of minus 4.8 degrees Celsius, while Kokernag in south recorded a low of minus 6.5 degrees Celsius. (With inputs from PTI, KNO)

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