Valley Higher Reaches Receive Fresh Snow

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SRINAGAR – Gulmarg and other heights in the Kashmir valley experienced fresh light to moderate snowfall while in Srinagar sun was playing hide and seek since this morning, a met department spokesperson said. 

Light rain or snow may occur at isolated places in Jammu and Kashmir during the next 24 hours, he said. 

He said sky will remain generally cloudy tomorrow though the maximum and minimum temperatures will be normal in Srinagar. 

Gulmarg slopes recorded light snowfall early this morning. 

The upper reaches, including Affarwat and Khilanmarg experienced moderate snowfall since last evening. 

Fresh snowfall has resulted in drop of one degree in the minimum temperature at Gulmarg. 

It was minus 3.4 degrees, 1.4 degree below normal. At health resort of Pahalgam, the minimum temperature was minus 1.2 degrees, the Met spokesman said. 

However, in other parts of the valley, the night temperature was above normal. 

People in Ladakh region continued to shiver as the minimum remained below freezing point. At border town of Kargil it was minus 6 degrees while Leh recorded minus 5.2 degrees, he said.

Remote Areas Cut Off 

A number of roads to far flung and remote areas besides national highway, connecting Ladakh region with the rest of the state, were closed in view of the forecast for fresh snowfall today and tomorrow in the region, official sources said here today.

Met department in Kashmir has issued a forecast for fresh snowfall, particularly in upper reaches, today and tomorrow. 

Keeping in view the forecast, the authorities have announced closure of a number of roads, particularly to far flung and remote areas, where moderate to heavy snowfall is expected. 

The sources said that though the weather was still good to allow traffic movement, but as a precautionary measure no vehicle was allowed on these routes this morning. This is for the second time during the past one week, traffic restrictions have been imposed in Kashmir and Ladakh region as a precautionary measure. 

The roads where the restriction had been imposed included Kargil -Zanskar, Srinagar-Zojila-Kargil, Kupwara-Machil-Tangdhar, Anantnag-Sinthan-Kishtwar, Bandipora-Gurez and Shopian-Mughal. The concerned Deputy Commissioners, Senior Superintendents of Police and Sub District Magistrates (SDM) along with Traffic Police were asked to take appropriate measures to ensure strict implementation of restriction to safeguard life and property of the general public. 

Similar restrictions were imposed on November 17 and 18 in view of forecast for snowfall in the valley and Ladakh region. 

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