Fresh snowfall in upper reaches, Highway closed again

SRINAGAR: The upper reaches of Kashmir Valley experienced fresh snowfall while cold intensified in the plains following cloudy sky and further drop in the maximum temperature.

About half a feet of snowfall was recorded at Gulmarg since this morning and it was snowing when the reports last came in.

However, higher reaches, including Kongdori, Khilanmarg and Affarwat received one to two feet of fresh snowfall since last night.

A Met department spokesman said moderate to heavy snowfall in the valley would occur from today till February 6. However, main impact of the system will be felt more from today till February 5 when heavy to very heavy snowfall is predicted. This system can affect road and air traffic.

Reports of fresh snowfall were also received from other parts of the north Kashmir, including the areas near the Line of Control (LoC).

Sonmarg, Gangangeer, Meenmarg, Zojila and Sonamarg on the highway connecting the Ladakh region with the rest of the state also received moderate to heavy snowfall since last night.

It was snowing at Jawhar tunnel on the Srinagar-Jammu national highway.

A report from Pahalgam, 100 km from here in south Kashmir, said the sky was cloudy and snowfall is expected any time. However, the holy Amarnath cave shrine and its periphey Sheshnag, Mahaguns, Pisso top and Panjterni received moderate to heavy snowfall since last night.

Upper reaches in other parts of the Kashmir valley also experienced freshs snowfall

Highway closed: 

The 300-km-long Srinagar-Jammu national highway was closed yet again from this afternoon following heavy snowfall at Jawahar tunnel area since this morning.

However, majority of vehicles which had left different parts of the Kashmir valley, including summer capital, Srinagar, for Jammu have crossed the tunnel area despite slippery road since this morning.

A traffic police official said Srinagar-Jammu national highway was declared closed this afternoon due to heavy snowfall. It was still snowing hampering snow clearance operation on the highway, connecting the Kashmir valley with the rest of the country.

After allowing traffic from Jammu for Srinagar for two days, today traffic was from Srinagar to Jammu.

This was done to clear the Kashmir--bound passengers before the highway was closed as there was a prediction for heavy to very heavy snowfall from Monday to February 6.

The Met department spokesman had warned that this system would affect surface and air traffic, particularly till February. 

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