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Minimum temperature goes up amid snowfall forecast in Kashmir

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Srinagar: Minimum temperature recorded a rise across Kashmir past night even as Valley braces to another spell of rain and snow.

A meteorological department official said that Srinagar recorded a minimum of 4.5°C against previous night’s 1.0°C. It was below normal by 0.5°C for the summer capital of J&K for this time of the year, the MeT official said.

Qazigund recorded a minimum of 2.0°C against 1.2°C on the previous night and it was 1.6°C above normal for the gateway town of Kashmir, he said.

Pahalgam recorded a low of minus 2.4°C against minus 1.3°C on the previous night and it was 1.1°C above normal for the famous resort in south Kashmir.

Kokernag, also in south Kashmir, recorded a minimum of 1.1°C against minus 0.3°C on the previous night and the temperature was above normal by 1.0°C for the place, the official said.

Kupwara town recorded a low of 1.0°C against 0.4°C on the previous night and it was 1.0°C above normal there, the official said.

Gulmarg recorded a low of minus 5.6°C against minus 6.4°C on the previous night. The temperature was above normal by 0.2°C for the world-famous skiing resort in north Kashmir.

Jammu, he said, recorded a minimum of 8.1°C and it was below normal by 3.5°C for the winter capital of J&K.

Banihal recorded a low of 3.6°C, Batote 3.1°C and Bhaderwah 1.2°C, he said.

MeT also issued an advisory cautioning about the disruption of surface and air transport in the valley.

It said that an active Western Disturbance is most likely to affect J&K and adjoining areas from 29th evening/night onwards.

Under the influence of this system, it said widespread moderate rain/snow is expected in Jammu and Kashmir from 29th night/early morning of 01 March till the afternoon of 3rd March with its peak activity on 2nd March.

“The above system is most likely to cause heavy to very heavy rain/snow over Pirpanjal Range of Jammu division and middle & higher reaches of Kashmir division (Anantnag-Pahalgam, Kulgam, Sinthan Pass, Shupiyan-Pir Ki Gali, Sonamarg-Zojila, Bandipora-Razdan Pass, Gulmarg and Kupwara-Sachna Pass),” read the advisory.

The weather activity may lead to disruption of surface and air transport including Jammu-Srinagar highway and other major roads of middle and higher reaches of J&K.

It urged the people in snow bound areas to avoid venturing into sloppy and Avalanche prone areas.

“Chances of landslides, mudslides & shooting stones most likely over the vulnerable areas,” it said, adding, “Farmers are advised to withhold all farm operations during 1st week of March.”

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