Season's First Snowfall In Kashmir Plains, Highway Shut

11 December 2015

Srinagar: Plains in Kashmir Valley received season's first snowfall on Friday, with the ski resort of Gulmarg recording 22 inches of fresh snowfall. 'Plains of the valley, including Srinagar, recorded season's first snowfall on Friday,' an official at Met department said. 'Gulmarg recorded 44.4 mm (22 inches) of fresh snowfall.' The minimum temperature in Srinagar was recorded at 0.3 degrees Celsius. It was 0.4 in Pahalgam, minus 7.0 in Gulmarg, minus 1.3 in Leh, and 2.4 in Kargil town on Friday. The minimum temperature in Jammu city was recorded at 11.6 degrees Celsius, in Katra it was 9.0, in Batote 3.6, in Ban nihal the temperature was 1.5, and in Bhaderwah 3.6 degrees Celsius. According to the official, more rain and snow is expected in Jammu and Kashmir till Saturday and then the weather will begin to improve. The authorities shut the Kashmir highway after landslides at various places along the 300-km stretch. The continuous snowfall near the Jawahar tunnel has disrupted the traffic along the the highway- that connects the landlocked Kashmir valley with the rest of the world. A traffic spokesman said that due to the continuous snowfall at the 2.7 km long tunnel, the highway has been closed as snow has blocked the road. 'Heavy vehicles going towards Kashmir are being stopped at Nowgam while the passenger vehicles are being stopped at Banehal. Also, to avoid traffic congestion at Banehal light motor vehicles are being stopped at Ramban and heavy vehicles are being stopped at Chanderkot.' He said due to road block at Kheri in Udhampur heavy vehicles are being stopped at Sangoor and Battal Manwal. 'At Jammu all vehicles except those bound for Udhampur are being stopped at Nagrota. In Kashmir all the Jammu-bound vehicles are stopped at Lavdor and Qaezgund.'