Srinagar: Rain and snow lashed Kashmir valley on Friday and closed the Srinagar-Jammu national highway for several hours in the morning.
A traffic department official said that the highway was reopened for one-way traffic from 12.30pm and about 500 trucks and 1,200 motor vehicles were allowed from Jammu to Srinagar.
“Many a time the authorities closed the road for 15 to 20 minutes, as a fresh shooting stone incident occurred at many places,” the official said. “Workers immediately cleared the debris so that we could keep the road open for traffic.”
He said traffic will ply from Srinagar to Jammu on Saturday, “if everything will remain normal.”
As per a report, due to fresh rains and snowfall in the higher reaches, traffic from both sides of Kupwara and Tangdhar has been suspended. To avoid any accident due to the slippery road condition, authorities closed the Sadhna Top, the border town of Tangdhar, and other far-flung and remote areas, including those near the Line of Control (LoC) in the frontier district of Kupwara.
Director Meteorological Department, J&K, Sonam Lotus said that snowfall would occur at isolated places in the high reaches of the state, till tonight. He said the overall weather will improve from tomorrow (Saturday) afternoon.
As per the Met Department, till 5.30pm Friday, Srinagar recorded 2.1.mm of rain, Qazigund received 6.6mm, Banihal 10.3mm, Pahalgam 7.4mm, Gulmarg 6.3, Kukerna 4.1mm, and Kupwara 25mm.
The State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA) issued a medium-danger avalanche warning for various districts in Jammu and Kashmir and the highway, and appealed to people not to venture in these areas and take precautionary measures.
On the basis of information received from the Snow & Avalanche Study Establishment (SASE), the State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA) today issued medium-danger avalanche warning for Baramulla, Gulmarg, Furkian-Z Gali, Kupwara-Chowkibal-Tangdhar, Bandipora and Kargil areas, an official spokesman said.
The SDMA also issued low danger warning for Poonch, Rajouri, Reasi, Ramban, Doda, Kishtwar Udhampur, Anantnag, Kulgam, Badgam, Leh Districts and Srinagar-Jammu National Highway, he said.
The people living in these avalanche prone areas have been advised by the authority to take precautionary measures, he said.