Snow, rains force closure of Srinagar-Jammu highway

Snow, rains force closure of Srinagar-Jammu highway

Srinagar: The upper reaches of Valley received fresh snowfall while rains lashed the plains leading to the closure of 300-km long Srinagar-Jammu highway, the only surface link connecting Valley with rest of the world.
The upper reaches of the Valley, including the world famous ski resort of Gulmarg received fresh snowfall dipping the day temperature sharply, officials told Kashmir Reader Thursday. The snowfall brought much sought relief to the people who were reeling under the intense cold wave. Gulmarg received 45 cm snowfall as the minimum temperature was recorded minus 4.0. Pahalgam received 8 cm snowfall, Kupwara 2.2 cm, and Qazigund 2cm.
Srinagar recorded a maxim temperature of 7.3, while the minimum was 1.8 degree Celsius, an official of the weather department told Kashmir Reader.
“Light to moderate rain/ snow will occur at most places across the Jammu and Kashmir division,” the official SAID.
The snowfall and the overnight rains left hundreds of vehicles stranded on the Srinagar-Jammu highway. At least 300 load carriers, light motor vehicles and passenger vehicles, were stranded at many places along the highway including, Qazigund, Banihal, Ramban, Ramsoo, Batote, Patnitop, Nagrota and Udhampur.
“The highway was closed this morning for traffic due to slippery road conditions caused by the accumulation of snow around Jawahar Tunnel. The overnight snowfall had led to accumulation of around 1 feet snow around the tunnel. However, by noon, the snow was cleared from the highway and all the stranded vehicles from both sides were allowed to proceed towards their respective destinations. There are no more stranded vehicles at the highway,” Inspector General of Police (IGP) Traffic Muneer Khan told Kashmir Reader.