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Srinagar-Jammu NH closed due to fresh snowfall

The Srinagar-Jammu nationalhighway, connecting Kashmir with rest of the country, was closed for traffic today, following fresh heavy snowfall at many places along the route.

india Updated: Feb 07, 2014 13:59 IST
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The Srinagar-Jammu nationalhighway, connecting Kashmir with rest of the country, was closed for traffic today, following fresh heavy snowfall at many places along the route.

"The Srinagar-Jammu highway is closed for traffic due to heavy snowfall near Jawahar Tunnel and many other places along the route," a spokesman of the traffic department said.

Landslides occurred at a few places along the 294-km arterial highway, forcing the authorities to stop the traffic which was scheduled to ply from Srinagar to Jammu.

The highway was closed on February 5 also due to fresh snowfall and rains.

Meanwhile, the plains of the Valley, including Srinagar, received moderate snowfall overnight, while heavy snowfall was recorded in the higher reaches.

Srinagar received 7 cm of snow and the mercury settled at a low of 0.2 °C last night as compared to 0.6 °C the previous night, a Meteorological department official said here.

Mercury in Qazigund - the gateway town to Kashmir Valley - settled at zero °C as against 0.2 °C the previous night and the town received 5 cm of snow.

The tourist resort of Pahalgam, in south Kashmir, recorded a snowfall of 3 cm and the mercury there appreciated by over 1 °C to settle at - 5.2 °C as compared to - 6.7 °C previous night.

The famous ski-resort of Gulmarg recorded a low of - 5.2 °C as against the previous night's - 8.0 °C.

The resort recorded five feet of snow, the official said. The mercury in Kokernag, in south Kashmir, settled at a low of - 1.3 °C last night, an increase of two degrees from the previous night's minimum of - 3.3 °C.

The town received 13 cm of snow, the official said.

The temperature in Kupwara, which recorded a low of 0 °C the previous night, settled at 0.2 °C last night and recorded 25 cm of snowfall.

The mercury in Leh, in Ladakh region, increased by over 7 °C to settle at a low of - 4.8 °C as against - 12.4 °C.

Kargil was the coldest place in the state as the temperature settled at a low of - 15.0 °C as compared to the previous night's 16.4 °C.

The Meteorological department has said there would be a decrease in precipitation from tomorrow.