SRINAGAR The Srinagar-Jammu highway opened partially opened for traffic after remaining closed since Wednesday evening following snowfall at some places along the thoroughfare, particularly around the Jawahar Tunnel.
An official said that the highway opened partially at 4 pm today and all passenger vehiclesLMVs stranded between Ramban and Banihal were allowed to move towards Srinagar.
Sources said that hundreds of trucks are still stranded on the highway, only surface link connection Kashmir with the rest of the world.
the Mughal road, connecting Shopian in south Kashmir with Rajouri and Poonch in Jammu region, remained closed for the fourth day today due to fresh snowfall, particularly at Pir-ki-Gali, a traffic police official said. He said the road has also become very slippery as the snow had frozen due to below freeing temperature
Snowfall, Light Rains In Valley
Higher reaches of Jammu and Kashmir received fresh snowfall on Thursday while the plains witnessed intermittent rains as the minimum temperature settled below the freezing point at most places in the Valley and Ladakh region.
Snowfall has been recorded in the higher areas of the valley like Qazigund, Kokernag, Pahalgam and Mughal Road during the night, MeT officials said.
There are reports of snowfall in other areas in the higher reaches of the valley and Jammu region as well including near the Jawahar Tunnel on Srinagar-Jammu national highway, they said.
However, the plains in the valley, including Srinagar, received intermittent rains overnight which continued Thursday morning in some areas, the officials said
“We are expecting improvement in the weather from today (Thursday) afternoon,” an official of the MET Department said.
At minus 9.5 degrees Celsius, Gulmarg was the coldest in the Kashmir Valley, while Srinagar recorded 0.1 and Pahalgam minus 1.5 as the minimum temperatures.
Jammu city recorded 7.9 degrees Celsius, Katra town 6.5, Batote minus 1.5, Bannihal 0.5 and Bhaderwah 0.1 as the minimum temperatures on Thursday.
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