Snowfall continues, highway stays shut

Snowfall continues, highway stays shut
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Minimum temperatures below zero everywhere in valley

Srinagar: The Jammu-Srinagar highway remained closed for the fifth day on Friday as fresh snowfall hampered efforts to clear the road for vehicular movement.
The arterial road was closed on Tuesday after a snow avalanche blocked both tubes of the Jawahar Tunnel on Qazigund side. Officials said that intermittent snowfall was hampering road clearance operations.
“The Jammu-Srinagar highway is still closed for traffic. Efforts are on to make the road traffic worthy at the earliest,” an official of the traffic department told PTI.
Snowfall has been experienced in the rest of the valley since Friday morning with Srinagar city getting nearly two inches of snow in the early hours, a MeT department official said.
Cold wave conditions persist in Kashmir as minimum temperature at all places stayed well below the freezing point in the night.
The minimum temperature in Srinagar settled at minus 1.3 degrees Celsius, slightly up from minus 1.5 degrees Celsius the previous night, the MeT official said.
He said Qazigund in south Kashmir recorded a low of minus 1.2 degree Celsius and the nearby Kokernag town minus 3.0 degrees.
The mercury in Kupwara town in north Kashmir settled at a low of minus 3.0 degree Celsius, he said.
Gulmarg ski-resort in north Kashmir recorded a low of minus 10 degrees Celsius, a rise of 2.6 degrees over the previous night, while Pahalgam in south Kashmir recorded a low of minus 6.1 degrees Celsius, the official said.
He said Leh, in the frontier Ladakh region, recorded a low of 12.9 degrees Celsius, a rise of over one degree over previous night.
The mercury in nearby Kargil settled at a low of minus 18.4 degrees Celsius, the coldest recorded place in Jammu and Kashmir. The maximum temperature on Thursday at Kargil was minus 3 degrees Celsius.
—PTI