Rain, snow cut off Srinagar, Jammu

Fresh snowfall and rains in Jammu and Kashmir Saturday led to the closure of Srinagar-Jammu national highway with temperature declining resulting in chill.

The Kashmir valley experienced fresh snowfall in the upper reaches and rain lashed plains of the state on Saturday. The Srinagar-Jammu highway, the 294 km only road link between Kashmir and rest of the country, remained closed for vehicular traffic movement for the second consecutive day following blockade of the road due to snowfall that triggered landslides at several places.

The fresh snowfall in the valley has affected normal life as electricity supply has been snapped while many roads in the rural areas have been blocked due to snow.
Roads in Srinagar, which received the second major snowfall of the winter this morning, were rendered slippery and traffic was moving at a snail’s pace in most areas.

The maximum temperature witnessed a dip following fresh snowfall. Srinagar and its adjoining areas experienced moderate snowfall while the upper reaches of valley received heavy snowfall.

Reports said hundreds of trucks were stranded on the Srinagar-Jammu national highway as the landslides triggered by snowfall and heavy rains closed the highway at various places between Patnitop and Jawahar tunnel.

A traffic spokesman said the highway was closed due to fresh snowfall. The peripheral areas of famous hill resorts of Pahalgam in south, Gulmarg in north and Sonamarg in central Kashmir recorded heavy snowfall.

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