Highway still closed, avalanche warning issued

Highway still closed, avalanche warning issued
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No rain or snow for next two days: Met

Srinagar: The Srinagar-Jammu highway remained closed on Wednesday for traffic for the third consecutive day, due to fresh landslides.
The National Highway has been closed since Monday, when too much snow accumulated on the road. According to some reports, the highway was reopened on Tuesday for some time, after weather conditions improved in the region, but was closed again due to landslides on Tuesday.
SSP Traffic (Rural) Ajaj Ahmad Bhat told Kashmir Reader that the national highway remained closed for the third consecutive day due to fresh landslides at two places. “Traffic movement remained suspended due to fresh landslides at Kheri-Passi and Kelamorh,” Bhat said. He said as many as 200 vehicles on way to Kashmir are stranded on the highway.
The clearance of debris, Bhat said, at Kheri-Passi and Kelamorh was going on with full efficacy. “The decision of reopening Srinagar-Jammu highway will be taken on Thursday morning,” he said.
Bhat requested people to contact the traffic control room before leaving for either direction.
Chandigarh-based Snow and Avalanche Study Establishment (SASE) issued an avalanche warning effective from 5pm Wednesday till the next 24 hours. The advisory, according to the agency, said high-danger avalanche warning exists for north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, while medium-danger avalanche warning exists for Kupwara and Bandipora districts.
SASE also issued low-intensity avalanche warnings for south Kashmir’s Anantnag district. The other areas included in the low-intensity avalanche warning are Ganderbal, Kargil, Leh and Ramban.
Divisional Commissioner of Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan, asked Deputy Commissioners of avalanche-prone areas to advise people not to venture out.
Weather conditions in Kashmir remained cloudy through the day. A weak sun was witnessed for a couple of hours in Srinagar. The Meteorological Department (Met) in its weather report said that Srinagar witnessed maximum temperature of 7.5 degrees Celsius, Qazigund of 8.0, Pahalgam of 4.9, Kupwara of 8.8, Gulmarg of -1.5, Leh of 3.6, Kargil of 1.9 and Jammu of 21.2 degrees Celsius. A Met official told Kashmir Reader that there is no prediction of rain or snow for the next couple of days.