Jammu basks in sunshine; Kashmir reels under sub-zero night temp
STATE TIMES NEWSBanihal/Jammu: Two persons, including a woman, were killed on Sunday when their vehicle was hit by a boulder rolling down a hillock overlooking the Jammu-Srinagar national highway in Ramban district, police said. Mohammad Ayoub Wani (48) of Pampore and his sister-in-law Khalida Begum of Budgam died on-the-spot in the incident which took place at Kellamore near an under construction four-lane tunnel, a police official said. He said the duo was travelling in a Bolero from Jammu to Kashmir when their vehicle was hit by a boulder, forcing suspension of traffic on the highway for quite some time. The traffic on the highway is restricted to one-way during the winter and plies alternatively from the twin capitals of Jammu and Srinagar. Meanwhile, Jammu witnessed bright sunshine after days of haze and clouds while Kashmir continued to reel under sub-zero night temperatures with a layer of frost developing on roads in the morning. The valley witnessed a sunny day on Sunday bringing some relief to the residents, a MET official said. The night temperature continued to remain below the freezing point across Kashmir Valley and Ladakh Union Territory, a MET official said. He said the freezing temperatures led to development of a layer of frost on roads which caused inconvenience to the people, especially motorists. Srinagar recorded the minimum temperature of minus 2.8 degrees Celsius, over a degree down from yesterday’s minus 1.4 degrees Celsius, the official said. He said the mercury in Qazigund — the gateway town to the valley in south Kashmir — decreased nearly four degrees from yesterday’s low of minus 1.4 degrees Celsius to settle at the low of minus 5.1 degrees Celsius.
Pahalgam tourist resort in south Kashmir recorded a low of minus 13.7 degrees Celsius down from minus 6.8 degrees Celsius yesterday, the official said, adding the resort was the coldest recorded place in the Kashmir valley.
The ski-resort of Gulmarg in north Kashmir registered a minimum of minus 13.4 degrees Celsius, down from minus 11 degrees Celsius, he said.
The night temperature in Kokernag settled at a low of minus 5.7 degrees Celsius, while Kupwara recorded a low of minus 5.9 degrees Celsius, the official added.
Leh in the Ladakh Union territory recorded a low of minus 16.3 degrees Celsius — down from minus 13.0 degrees Celsius the previous night, he said.
The MET office has forecast light to moderate rain or snow in the valley over the next two days.
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