Jammu-Srinagar highway closed again
The Jammu-Srinagar National Highway, the only all-weather road connecting Kashmir with the rest of the country was closed for traffic again on Saturday after remaining open for a day.india Updated: Jan 11, 2014 19:33 IST
The Jammu-Srinagar National Highway, the only all-weather road connecting Kashmir with the rest of the country was closed for traffic again on Saturday after remaining open for a day.
The 294-km track was closed on Friday night following snowfall at many places along it.
"The highway was closed late on Friday following snowfall. It has been decided not to allow any fresh traffic on Saturday," an official of the traffic department told PTI.
Stranded vehicles, which were stopped near Jawahar Tunnel on Friday due to snowfall, would be allowed to ply towards Srinagar later in the day, he said.
The highway was opened for traffic on Friday morning after two days, following its closure due to snowfall on Wednesday.
Most parts of the Valley experienced fresh snowfall during the night even as minimum temperatures at many places dropped further below the freezing point.
Summer capital Srinagar recorded a low of minus 0.3° Celsius, compared to the previous night's low of minus 0.7° Celsius, a meteorological department official said. The city received 0.6mm snowfall during the night, he added.
In south Kashmir's hill resort Pahalgam, the mercury plummeted by more than 7° from the previous night's low of minus 6.8° Celsius to settle at a low of minus 14.3° Celsius. The tourist resort recorded 20.2mm snowfall, the official said.
Gulmarg registered a low of minus 11.2° Celsius last night after recording a low of minus 10.8° Celsius the previous night, while Qazigund recorded a low of minus 3° Celsius, and received 8.4mm snowfall during the night, the official said.
The mercury in Kupwara in north Kashmir settled at a low of minus 4.5° Celsius, down by almost four degrees, as compared to the previous night's minus 0.7° Celsius, he said.
The night temperature in south Kashmir's Kokernag settled at a low of minus 4° Celsius, same as the previous night, he said, adding that the town had received 11.1mm snow till 8.30am.
Leh, in the frontier region of Ladakh, was the coldest recorded place in the state, with a low of minus 15.6° Celsius, compared to the previous night's minus 17.2° Celsius, while Kargil registered a minimum of minus 9° Celsius, against the minus 8.6° Celsius recorded the previous night, the official said.
The meteorological office has said rain or light snowfall could occur at some places across the state, but the weather would improve from Sunday.
No let up in cold wave in Kashmir Valley
Cold wave conditions continued unabated across the Kashmir Valley on Saturday as night temperature remained several notches below the freezing point. Most water bodies, including the Dal Lake in Srinagar and the Wullar Lake in north Kashmir, have partially frozen. After many years, long icicles were seen hanging from rooftops, and children and photographers were enjoying the sight in the Valley. "A falling icicle is like a falling sword. People need to watch out for falling icicles during the day when they start melting and fall like missiles from rooftops," an official at the weather office said.
(With inputs from IANS)
First Published: Jan 11, 2014 19:32 IST