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Srinagar-Jammu highway opened

india Updated: Jan 10, 2014 15:16 IST

The 294-km Srinagar-Jammu national highway, the only all weather road connecting Kashmir with rest of the country, was opened for traffic after remaining closed for two days even as intermittent snowfall continues for the third day today.

The Srinagar-Jammu highway has been opened for traffic today. Vehicles are plying from Jammu to Srinagar, an official of the traffic department told PTI.

The department is closely monitoring the situation as the areas around Jawahar Tunnel are experiencing intermittent snowfall, he added.

"The drivers have been asked to drive cautiously," the official said.

The arterial road was closed on Wednesday due to snowfall across the Valley which continued intermittently till this afternoon, leading to an increase in minimum temperatures in most parts.

Srinagar recorded a low of minus 0.7 degree celsius, over one degree up as compared to the previous night's low of minus 1.9 degree celsius, a MeT department official said.

The city received 0.5 mm of snowfall since last evening, the official said.

Leh, in the frontier region of Ladakh, was the coldest recorded place in the state with a low of minus 17.2 degree celsius compared to the previous night's minus 11.0 degree celsius.

Qazigund - the gateway town to Kashmir valley recorded a low of minus 3.8 degree celsius and received snowfall of 3.4 mm till 8.30 am, the official said.

The famous ski resort of Gulmarg, which recorded a low of minus 7.0 degree celsius the previous night, registered a low of minus 10.8 degree celsius last night, the official said.

Pahalgam hill resort in south Kashmir, which serves as the base camp during the annual Amarnath yatra, recorded a low of minus 6.8 degree celsius against the previous night's low of minus 5.8 degree celsius. The tourist resort recorded 2.2 mm of snowfall till morning.

Kargil, also in Ladakh, registered a minimum of minus 8.6 degree celsius against minus 9.2 degree celsius the previous night, the official said.