Sun shines bright on Kashmir after rain, snow

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

SRINAGAR - Bright sunshine greeted the Kashmir Valley Tuesday after two days of incessant rains and snow. Dry weather is expected here for now.

“The western disturbance active over Kashmir has weakened now. Weather is likely to remain dry for the next 24 hours,” said an official of the weather office here.

The minimum temperature was 1.2 degrees Celsius in Srinagar while it was 7.9 degrees in Jammu, minus 8.7 degrees in Gulmarg, minus 8 degrees in Pahalgam and 0.6 degree in Qazigund town on the Srinagar-Jammu national highway.

Authorities have allowed two-way traffic on the strategic Srinagar-Jammu highway because of the improved weather conditions along the road.

The over 300-km-long highway is the lifeline of supplies for the landlocked valley.

After reeling under extreme sub-zero temperatures in December and January, the people in the valley have been experiencing a welcome relief because of the rise in the night and day temperatures here for the last eight days.

“Heavy layers of warm clothing are gradually getting reduced,” said Abdul Salam, 45, a shopkeeper here.

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