Western Disturbance approaching Valley; Snowfall likely on February 20

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Srinagar: Meteorological department has forecast rain and snowfall in Kashmir Valley in a couple of days as western disturbance is likely to hit the region on February 20.
Speaking to Greater Kashmir, Director Meteorological Department Sonam Lotus said snowfall was expected from Monday up to February 23.
“The snowfall could be heavy in the Pir Panchal mountain range. Both road and air traffic is likely to get disrupted because of the western disturbance that will strike the Valley in couple of days,” he said.
The Met officials said very light to light snowfall was also likely at few places in Ladakh region particularly in Drass, Kargil & Zanskar regions. “This system is likely to move in a South-East ward direction of J&K,” they said.
“During the above period day temperature will fall by 4 to 5 degrees and night temperature will rise by 1 to 2 degrees,” they said.
According to officials, the Srinagar-Jammu highway will remain open on Sunday for Light Model Vehicles (LMVs) on both sides. “But heavy vehicles will be allowed only from Jammu to Srinagar,” they said.
Inspector General (Traffic), Hemant Kumar Lohia, told this newspaper that passengers traveling from Srinagar to Jammu should reach Qazigund by 11 am and passengers from Jammu should reach Nagrota by 6-8 am.
According to him almost 3800 passenger vehicles crossed the Banihal Tunnel on Saturday. Public Relations Officer, Srinagar Airport, Muhammad Shafi said air traffic at the Airport remained normal as all flights operated.

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