Rains disrupt normal life in Jammu; snowfall in higher reaches

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 1/14/2020 10:12:49 PM

V’devi chopper service suspended

JAMMU, Jan 13: Normal life was hit in Jammu due to incessant rains since Monday morning, marring the Lohri and Makar Sankranti celebrations.
In the meanwhile, reports of light to moderate snowfall were received from high altitude areas of Jammu region over the past 24 hours. An official of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board said the helicopter service to and fro the shrine atop Trikuta hills was suspended due to “bad weather”. However, the pilgrimage is going on smoothly despite heavy rains, he said.
The minimum temperature across Jammu region continued its upward trend for the second day and settled several degrees above the season’'s average, an official of the Meteorological department said.
He said Jammu city recorded a low of 11.3 degrees Celsius which is 4.3 notches above normal during this part of the season. The city had recorded a low of 9.3 degrees Celsius the previous night. Katra town, the base camp for Vaishno Devi shrine, recorded a minimum of 9.4 degrees Celsius, while the Bhaderwah in Doda district was the coldest recorded place in Jammu region with a night temperature of 1.4 degrees Celsius. The weatherman has predicted heavy to very heavy snowfall in upper reaches and rains in plains of Jammu during the next 12 to 24 hours.
Incessant rains in Jammu played a spoilsport marring the Lohri and Makar Sankranti celebrations. People usually lit bonfires and distribute sweets to observe the Lohri festival which marks the end of biting winter chill and the beginning of the harvest season.

 

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