Early Snowfall Blocks Ladakh Highway, Mughal Road

File Photo of Mughal Road

Light To Moderate Rain, Snow Till Nov 11: MeT Dept

Srinagar- The higher reaches of Kashmir Valley received fresh snowspell on Wednesday while rains lashed the plains, leading to the closure of strategic Srinagar-Leh highway and Mughal Road, connecting South Kashmir with Poonch and Rajouri districts in Jammu division.

According to a meteorological department official, the upper reaches of the Valley, including the famous hill stations of Gulmarg, Sonamarg and Pahalgam received fresh overnight snowfall.

The Affarwat mountain range in the ski resort, he said, was draped in a white blanket following fresh snowfall.

Also, the official said that Gulmarg recorded a low of minus 2 degrees Celsius while the maximum temperature was recorded 1 degree Celsius. Reports of snowfall have also been received from Chandanwari, Pisso Top, Sheshnag and the areas around Amarnath cave shrine in South Kashmir.

In the last 24 hours till 0830 hours Wednesday, the MeT official said Pahalgam received 0.5mm of rainfall while Gulmarg amassed 2cms of fresh snowfall.

The MeT official said that from November 9 evening to November 11 forenoon, light to moderate rain/snowfall over higher reaches is expected at many places

However, he ruled out the possibility of a major rain or snowfall during the spell.

The official also said that on November 11, the weather will be generally cloudy, while from November 12-16; it will remain “fair to partly cloudy”.

Regarding probable impacts, he said, snowfall and low temperature may lead to temporary disruption of surface transportation, mainly over Zojila, Jammu-Srinagar Highway, Leh-Manali road on November 10 and 11.

“Prior to embarking on journey, people are advised to know the status of the road from traffic police to avoid inconveniences,” the MeT official said, adding, “Travellers on major passes are advised to carry sufficient food items, warm shoes, clothes etc with them as road conditions remain uncertain during inclement weather.”

Meanwhile, the Srinagar-Leh highway and Mughal road were closed for vehicular traffic on Wednesday due to fresh snowfall, officials said.

A traffic official said that the Srinagar-Sonamarg-Gumri (SSG) road was closed after snowfall in areas around Sonamarg.

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