Kashmir highway closed again due to heavy snowfall, rain in plains

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Srinagar, Jan 8 (UNI) The 300-km-long Srinagar-Jammu National Highway was closed again this afternoon as a precautionary measure, following heavy snowfall and rains, a traffic police official said.

The upper reaches experienced heavy snowfall. Srinagar and other plain areas in the Kashmir valley had rains, where the temperatures at night were higher than the day.

The traffic official said all the vehicles , which had left Srinagar this morning for Jammu, had crossed Jawahar tunnel, where it was snowing heavily.

The highway, which was the only link between the Valley and the rest of the country, has been closed this afternoon because of the slippery conditions, he said adding it was snowing heavily between Qazigund to Banihal and there were rains on other side of the Jawahar tunnel.

Hundreds of vehicles, carrying passengers and essential commodities were stopped at different places across Banihal.

Traffic on the highway will be resumed after the Border Roads Organisation(BSO), responsible for the maintenance of the highway, will clear the snow later today.

Srinagar and its adjoining areas experienced rains since this morning, resulting in considerable drop in the day temperature, which was three to five degrees above normal last week.

The maximum temperature recorded at 1430 hrs today was 3 degree Celsius, which was 2 degrees below normal.

However, the temperature , which was -2 degrees Celsius(four to five degrees below normal)at night last week, was 1 degree Celsius (two degrees above normal), this morning.

About a dozen roads across the Kashmir valley, particularly in north Kashmir, remained closed due to heavy snowfall during last three days.

Official sources said about two feet to four feet of snow had accumulated on different roads in north Kashmir, including Kupwara.

The world famous ski resort of Gulmarg also experienced fresh snowfall and the slopes were under three to four feet deep snow.

It was snowing heavily at the holy caves of Amarnath and its periphery, Sheshnag, Mahaguns, Panjtherni and Pisso top. The upper reaches, including tourists spots also experienced fresh snowfall.


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