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SRINAGAR: Heavy snowfall brings respite from the intense cold wave but disrupted normal life in Kashmir Valley. According to the Met officials, "Snowfall started yesterday afternoon across the Valley. Srinagar recorded 25.2 cm of snow and minimum temperature recorded in the city was minus 1.3 degrees Celsius, 1.9 notches above than the temperature recorded the previous night."

Gulmarg in North Kashmir witnessed 2 feet snow. Pahalgam in South Kashmir received about 40 cm of snow and the minimum temperature dipped to minus 2.8 degrees Celsius there. The upper reaches of Ladakh also received snowfall. In Leh, the minimum temperature recorded was minus 8 degrees Celcius. At Kargil, the mercury dipped to minus 15.6 degrees Celsius.

The fresh spell of snowfall in Kashmir Valley also brought chilled cold wave to Jammu where the minimum temperature recorded was 10 degrees Celsius. Fresh snowfall has brought hopes to the people associated with the tourism industry. Mukhtar Shah, a hotelier, said, "Tourists who are already here in Gulmarg extended their tour after the fresh snowfall. We are hopeful that we will have a good winter season ahead and more tourists will come to Kashmir after this snowfall. Snow sports lovers will also come to Gulmarg as we have the best skiing slopes here."

Meanwhile, the 434 km long Srinagar-Leh highway and the 86 km long Mughal road that connects South Kashmir with Poonch and Rajouri districts of the Jammu region remained closed due to the accumulation of snow at several places. "Many roads, highways and the airport are blocked and most homes are without electricity," former Chief Minister Omar Abduallah tweeted.

In another tweet Omar said “Yesterday was pretty, today it’s now a pain. Many roads, highways & the airport are blocked & most homes are without electricity. We know Kashmir is going to see snow in winter but when it does snow normal life just falls apart”. "Due to heavy snowfall, many remote areas in North and South Kashmir have been cut-off from nearby towns. The 300 km long Srinagar-Jammu national highway that connects Kashmir valley with the rest of country is closed for vehicular movement," traffic police officials said.

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  • Expresses grief over Bemina incident

SRINAGAR: Deputy Mayor Srinagar, Sheikh Imran on Saturday reviewed the situation of Srinagar city areas after a snowfall and also visited Gurudwara Chatti Padshahi at Rainawari. To check snow clearance operations in city, Deputy Mayor visited over more than dozens areas including city centre Lal Chowk, Jamia Masjid, Rajouri Kadal, Bohori Kadal, Lakut Dal, Khawaja Sahib, Khanqai Mohalla,Zoig Lanker Dastageer Sahab Shrine, Makdoom Sahib Shrine, Maisuma, Residency road and several interior areas of Downtown.

He was accompanied by senior officials, Corporators and officials from the mechanical department. Imran also directed SMC employees to clear snow from roads, lanes and shrines in the entire city. Deputy Mayor also visited Psychiatric Hospital Srinagar and inquired about challenges in the faced due to inclement weather by patients.

Imran said that SMC had adequate men and machinery have been active for snow clearance operations in the city. He said SMC has established control rooms for the convenience of the general public. In a statement to valley media Service, Imran also directed the officers to ensure clearance of snow from main roads, lanes, and by-lanes in the city, especially on roads leading to important installations.

Deputy Mayor also expressed grief and shock over the tragic incident in Mansoor Colony, Bemina area of Srinagar in which five members including two minors of a family died. Imran has also conveyed deepest condolences to the bereaved family who lost their dear ones in this tragic incident. He urged that the dead bodies of deceased be immediately airlifted to their native village in Tangdhar as the road is closed after heavy snowfall.

Meanwhile, Deputy Mayor greeted the Sikh community on Guru Gobind Singh Ji Jayanti. Imran reviewed overall arrangements for the devotees. Greeting the gathering, Imran said, “Guru Gobind Singh Ji showed us the path of salvation by spreading the cult of devotion to God and message of love, compassion, and spirituality among mankind.”

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SRINAGAR: Indian MeT department (IMD) on Saturday said there will be light rain and snow over the widespread places for next 24 hours in the J&K state. As per the forecast by Indian meteorological department (IMD) there will be a decrease in precipitation for next two days, Met said Valley Media Service. As per the forecast Srinagar will experience light rain and snow tomorrow. The maximum and minimum temperatures will be around 7 and - 2 degree respectively. Jammu will also receive light rain with thunder showers for tomorrow and maximum and minimum temperatures will be around 15 and 9 degree respectively. There is also prediction of light snow for Leh tomorrow. There is no weather warning for the state for next five days as per IMD.