Snowfall in Jammu's high-altitude areas

Snowfall in Jammu's high-altitude areas

High-altitude areas in Jammu witnessed the season's first heavy snowfall which led to closure of the Mughal Road, the alternate link between Kashmir and rest of the country, for vehicular traffic.

The day temperature in Jammu on Friday dipped six degrees below normal.

Officials said around two feet of snow had accumulated on the ground between Peer Ki Gali and Pushana, a 20-km stretch along the Mughal Road connecting Poonch district with south Kashmir's Shopian district.

"No vehicle was allowed either from Poonch or Shopian this morning (Saturday) as the Mughal Road was temporarily closed for traffic due to heavy snowfall in and around Peer Ki Gali," Deputy Superintendent of Police, Traffic, Mohammad Aslam said.

He said if weather permits, the operation to clear the road would be carried out later on Saturday.

"The agencies concerned are ready for road clearance operation, but bad weather is hampering their efforts," the officer said, adding no vehicle was stranded on the road.

According to officials, the 300-km Jammu-Srinagar National Highway, the all weather road between Kashmir and rest of the country, is open, but commuters have been asked to avoid night travel due to threat of landslides and shooting of stones.

 

 

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