The higher reaches of Kashmir valley continued to receive snowfall for second day while Himachal Pradesh’s popular tourist destinations Shimla and Manali were lashed by rains on Monday, pushing down the temperature by several notches.
The national highway that connects Manali to Leh was temporarily shut down due to snowfall. Work to reopen the entire 475-km stretch was on and may get completed in two to three days.
The Jammu-Srinagar national highway 1-A was also closed following landslides in Jammu’s Ramban district.
Snowfall on Zojilla Pass blocked the Srinagar-Leh National Highway two days ago. The highway connects the Kashmir Valley with the cold desert Ladakh region of the state.
Snowfall in Pir Ki Gali area of the ancient Mughal Road also suspended the surface link between the valley and Rajouri district in Jammu on Friday.
Snowfall on Sadna Top and Rajdhani Top in the north and Sintham Pass in the south has also snapped road links to Karnah and Gurez border towns and the Kishtwar town.
Many places in Kashmir, including the famous ski-resort of Gulmarg in north, continued to receive snowfall for the second day. More than two inches of snow had accumulated in Gulmarg resort till 5.30 pm on Monday.
While Srinagar recorded a rainfall of 4.7 mm, Kupwara, in north Kashmir, received 15.1 mm of rains.Pahalgam resort in south Kashmir received 13.8 mm of rains, while Gulmarg recorded 19.6 mm of rainfall.
Shimla recorded a low of 5.6 degrees Celsius, a significant fall from Sunday’s 10.5 degrees Celsius, while it was 2.1 degrees in Keylong, 4.5 degrees in Kalpa, 4 degrees in Manali and 14.8 degrees in Dharamsala.