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Fresh snowfall likely from Feb 2

Srinagar, 27: While cold wave continued to sweep Kashmir on Monday, the weatherman has predicted fresh snowfall from February 2.
Director Meteorological Department, Sonam Lotus told Greater Kashmir that fresh snowfall is expected in Kashmir from February 2.  “The snowfall will be for three days,” Lotus said adding that Kashmir and Ladakh regions are witnessing further drop in temperatures. “Till February 2 the weather will remain dry,” he said.
So far Kashmir received snow twice this winter and the people had to suffer because of the breakdown of power and water supply and closure of roads.
The first major snowfall occurred on the last day of
2013 while second one on January 22 of the current month.
MeT officials said Srinagar recorded a low of 0.9 degrees Celsius on Sunday night whereas the mercury in Qazigund settled at minus 1.2 degrees Celsius, slightly down from minus 0.9 degrees Celsius on the previous night.
Ski resort of Gulmarg, officials said was coldest in Kashmir as minimum temperature there was recorded at minus 8.8 degrees, about a notch below normal. However, tourist resort of Pahalgam, in south Kashmir recorded minus 4.6 degrees, more than two notches above normal.
MeT officials said Kokernag recorded minus 2.6 degrees, a notch above normal and Kupwara 0.6 degrees, about four degrees above normal temperature.
Leh in Ladakh recorded minus 8.6 degree minimum temperature against yesterdays minus 12.4 degree, they said.

HIGWAY OPEN:
One-way traffic on Srinagar-Jammu highway plied normally on Monday, Traffic Department officials said adding around 4000 vehicles crossed Jawahar tunnel for Jammu. They said traffic will ply from Jammu to Srinagar on Tuesday.

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