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As Chillai Kalan ends, MeT predicts more snowfall

Sgr-Jmu highway closed after fresh landslides


Srinagar, Jan 30 (KNS): The 40-day-long harsh winter period, ‘Chillai Kalan’ ended in the Valley today while as the local Meteorological department (MeT) predicted more snow across the Valley till Jan 31 evening.
The 40-day-long harsh winter period, Chillai Kalan began on December 21, 2018. It is followed by a 20-day long Chillai-Khurd (small cold) and a 10-day long Chilli-Bachha (baby cold).
The local MeT department forecasted light to moderate snowfall from today evening while as moderate snowfall in the higher reaches till Jan 31 evening.
“There is possibility of snowfall across the Valley till Jan 31 evening while as another Western Disturbance (WD) will affect Kashmir from February 04,” the MeT officials said.
Talking to Kashmir News Service (KNS), Deputy Director MeT, Mukhtar Ahmad said that the plains received light snowfall since this morning while as higher reaches received moderate snowfall.
He added that wet spell would continue till Friday afternoon following which there is forecast of improvement in weather conditions.
Ahmad told KNS that snowfall received in this month was normal but the apt detauils can be shared after Jan 31.
Meanwhile, the fresh landslides in Ramban area has once again led to the closure of Srinagar-Jammu highway on Wednesday with official saying that the road clearance work on the road has been started.
Traffic officials told KNS that landslides occurred in Ramban area today following which the authorities ordered closure of highway.
Notably, the highway was closed several times in the recent past due to which hundreds of commuters remain stuck on the highway for almost seven days. The road was earlier closed due to the snowfall that triggered slippery conditions of the road and avalanches at Jawahar Tunnel besides landslides.
They said that one-way traffic from Srinagar to Jammu will be allowed to ply today once the road clearance work will end. (KNS) 

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