The Jammu-Srinagar National Highway, the only all-weather road connecting Kashmir with rest of the country, remained closed for vehicular traffic for the second consecutive day on Thursday due to snow and slippery conditions.
As a result of snowfall and slippery road conditions, over 900
vehicles are stranded on the 300-km-long highway at various places in Nagrota, Sidhra, Jakhani, Udhampur, Kud, Chenani, Ramban, Banihal and Jawahar tunnel areas, police said.
"Due to the situation and prediction of more snowfall, we did not allow fresh movement of vehicles from both the capital cities of Jammu and Kashmir", officials said.
The Baramulla-Banihal rail service in Jammu and Kashmir also remained shut for the second day Thursday, authorities said.
No flights to Srinagar could be operated Wednesday as well due to poor visibility amid continuing snowfall.
After the capital experienced rain with some heavy showers at some places, Delhiites on Thursday experienced a cold but clear day with the minimum temperature recorded at 13.5 degrees Celsius.
The city recorded 1.8 millimetres of rain between 8.30am on Wednesday till 8.30am on Thursday. Humidity level was recorded at 98%.
The minimum temperature was six notches above normal, and the day temperature is expected to be 19 degrees Celsius.
On Wednesday, the maximum temperature recorded was at 17.8 degree Celsius, while the minimum temperature was 12 degree Celsius, four notches above the normal.
Himachal Pradesh's picturesque resorts Shimla and Manali woke up Thursday to a white blanket of snow, turning the hill stations even more picturesque.
The residents of Shimla shivered as icy winds brought down the minimum temperature to 0.1 degree Celsius. It saw 8 cm of overnight snow.
According to the Met Office in Shimla, Manali recorded 3 cm of snow.
Tourist spots near Shimla, such as honeymooners' paradise Kufri, Fagu and Narkanda experienced moderate snowfall.
"High-altitude areas of Lahaul and Spiti, Chamba, Mandi, Kullu, Kinnaur, Sirmaur and Shimla districts have experienced moderate to heavy snow," a Met official said.
Punjab and Haryana
Cold conditions on Thursday eased in Punjab and Haryana with minimum temperature rising by a few notches above normal in several parts of the region.
Chandigarh recorded a minimum of 8.4 degree Celsius, rising by two degrees above normal, the MeT department said in Chandigarh on Thursday.
Among other places in Punjab, Ludhiana and Patiala recorded minimum of 9.6 degree Celsius and 9.7 degree Celsius, up by three degrees above normal respectively. Amritsar recorded a low of 9.8 degree Celsius, rising by seven notches above normal.
The MeT department in its forecast said weather will remain mainly dry though fog and mist may occur at several places in Punjab and Haryana in next 24 hours.
(With inputs from PTI and IANS)
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