Rain, snow likely to lash Jammu and Kashmir

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Jammu/Srinagar, March 24 (IANS) The weather across Jammu and Kashmir is likely to remain inclement with rainfall and snow in the next three days, the Met Office said on Thursday.

“We are expecting rain in the plains and snowfall in the higher reaches,” Sonam Lotus, director of the state Met department, told IANS.

“The would be lesser rainfall activity during this period than was witnessed in the state last week,” the official said.

Jammu and Kashmir was lashed by heavy rains and snowfall last week forcing closure of roads and highways.

The rain also triggered landslides on the over 300-km long Jammu-Srinagar national highway which had remained closed for four days.

Meanwhile, the minimum temperature was 5.5 degrees Celsius in Srinagar city on Thursday.

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It was 1.0 degree Celsius in Gulmarg and 1.6 degrees Celsius in Pahalgam tourist resorts.

Leh and Kargil towns of the Ladakh region recorded minus 2.4 and minus 3.4 degrees Celsius as day’s minimum temperatures respectively.

In the Jammu region, the minimum temperature was 15.2 degrees Celsius in Jammu city while the Mata Vaishno Devi shrine base camp town of Katra recorded 14.4 degrees Celsius, Batote 10.5 degrees Celsius, Bannihal 6.6 degrees Celsuius, Bhaderwah 7.1 degrees Celsius and Udhampur 9.7 degrees Celsius as the minimum temperature on Thursday.

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