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SRINAGAR: Mercury dropped in many parts of North India on Saturday while fresh snowfall in most parts of Kashmir disrupted flight operations, cold weather conditions continued to prevail in most parts of Punjab and Haryana. The MeT department has forecast heavy rainfall and snow in Jammu and Kashmir till Monday. Meanwhile, Srinagar recorded a minimum temperature of minus 2.0 degrees Celsius on Friday night, lower than minus 1.3 degrees Celsius on the previous night, the MeT official said.

Qazigund -- the gateway town to the Valley -- in south Kashmir recorded a low of minus 3.4 degrees Celsius, while the nearby Kokernag town registered a low of minus 4.5 degrees Celsius last night, he said. The mercury in north Kashmir's Kupwara town settled at a low of minus 0.8 degree Celsius. The ski resort of Gulmarg recorded a low of minus 7.0 degrees Celsius, while the tourist resort of Pahalgam in south Kashmir recorded a low of minus 4.4 degrees Celsius.

The minimum temperatures in Leh, in the frontier Ladakh region, and Drass were recorded at minus 9.2 degrees Celsius and minus 16.2 degrees Celsius, respectively. Kargil was the coldest recorded place in Jammu and Kashmir with a minimum temperature of minus 18.9 degrees Celsius. Kashmir is currently under the grip of 'Chillai-Kalan' -- the 40-day harshest winter period -- when the chances of snowfall are high and the temperature drops considerably.

'Chillai-Kalan' ends on January 31, but the cold wave continues even after that in Kashmir. The 40-day period is followed by a 20-day-long 'Chillai-Khurd' (small cold) and a 10-day-long 'Chillai-Bachha' (baby cold). On the other hand, the Union Territory of Chandigarh, the joint capital of Punjab and Haryana experienced cold weather conditions at 8.6 degrees Celsius, three notches above normal, a MeT department official said.

In Punjab, Amritsar, Ludhiana and Patiala braved cold weather conditions at 5.8, 8.2 and 9 degrees Celsius respectively, up to three notches above normal. Pathankot, Adampur, Halwara, Bathinda, Gurdaspur and Faridkot recorded lowest temperatures of 7.8, 6, 6.5, 5.9, 3.2 and 6.2 degrees Celsius respectively. In Haryana, Ambala witnessed cold weather conditions at 10 degrees Celsius, four notches above normal, while the minimum temperatures of Hisar and Karnal were 4.6 and 6 degrees Celsius respectively, up to two notches below normal. Bhiwani, Sirsa, Rohtak and Narnaul recorded their respective lows at 6.5, 6.2, 5.4 and 5 degrees Celsius respectively.  

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SRINAGAR: In view of predictions of heavy snow fall from 19th January to 25th January-2019, driving on roads covered with ice and snow can be very challenging. The key to safe driving is to adopt the following tips to arrive at your destinations safely:

Avoid Un-necessary travel.

Drive at an appropriate speed.

Minimize the use of two wheelers.

Follow lane driving.

Use brake judiciously not abruptly.

Avoid overtaking.

Keep distance while driving.

Use dipped headlights to be visible to others. 

Be Cautious While on roads.

Deflate tyres to keep low pressure for maintain a good grip on slippery roads.

It is pertinent to mention here that due to security reasons the road stretch from Radio Kashmir Chowk upto Ram Munshi Bagh / Gupkar Crossing has been restricted for general vehicular movement till 25th of January-2019 and there shall be a separate traffic regulation system for 26th of January-2019 which will be put out in due course of time, a police spokesman said Valley Media Service in a statement.

Motorists coming from Pantha Chowk and adjacent areas to City Centre shall adopt Sonwar à Ram Munshi Bagh à Dalgate à M.A. Road and vice versa.

Motorists coming from Rajabgh and adjacent areas intending to travel towards Pantha Chowk side shall adopt Radio Kashmir Chowkà J&K Bank Corporate Office Crossing à Dalgate à R.M. Bagh à Sonwar upto their destinations.

Motorists coming from South Kashmir/ Pantha Chowk area intending to travel Barzulla / Hyderpora / Rambagh areas are requested to prefer NHW and enter via Natipora / Sanat Nagar.

Any inconvenience caused is highly regretted.

For Assistance Kindly Contact Traffic Police Office City Srinagar (Tel/Fax) 0194-2455179, Traffic Police Control Room Sgr. (Tel) 0194-2450022, 2485396, WhatsApp No. 8491852218, Toll Free No. 18001807091  and Facebook page:@trafficpolicecitysrinagar.

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SRINAGAR: Kashmir received the fresh spell of snowfall starting of Friday evening. The MeT department had already predicted heavy spell of snow fall from 19 onwards in Kashmir. Air traffic and road traffic continue to be affected pertaining to snowfall on regular intervals this month. Yesterday Indian Met Department issued the warning particular to Kashmir region in view of heavy snowfall prediction.

The snowfall resulted in snow avalanches in mountainous regions. According to Valley Media Service, yesterday in Khardungla Ladakh five people died when a truck was hit by a snow avalanche. MeT department has predicted more snow from today evening particularly in mountainous regions of the state.

“Moderate snow in plains of Kashmir & heavy oh higher reaches of North Kashmir. Should pick up gradually by evening reaching main activity during 20-22nd. Will affect Ladakh & Jammu during these days,” Sonam Lotus wrote on his social media account. Meanwhile in the view of inclement weather traffic department has issued a traffic advisory for the state. The advisory has instructed the drivers to avoid speeding, minimize use of two wheelers. The advisory has further advised to deflate tyres to keep low pressure for maintain a good grip on slippery roads.