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Snowfall, rains lash J&K; highway traffic disrupted
SRINAGAR, Nov 29: Snowfall continued in upper reaches of Kashmir for the second consecutive day today, while rains lashed the plain areas.

Following the snowfall, Srinagar-Leh was closed for vehicular traffic movement. The traffic movement was also suspended at Srinagar-Jammu highway at Qazigund late this evening as a precautionary measure for night. This was done in view of snowfall at Jawahar tunnel. No vehicle was allowed to proceed from Qazigund to Jammu since late this evening. However, the vehicles coming from Jammu were allowed at Qazigund to proceed towards Srinagar.

Traffic movement was also suspended on Mughal Road. The roads connecting the border towns of Gurez, Machil, Karnah, Tangdhar and Keran were also closed for vehicular traffic movement following heavy snowfall along LoC and neighbouring areas.

Gulmarg, experienced first heavy snowfall of the season. According to government officials, 1.5 feet of snow was recorded there since last evening. Gulmarg was the coldest place in the Valley with a minimum of minus 4.5 degrees Celsius. The peripheral areas of the health resort including Khilanmarg, Seven Spring and Affarweth recorded two to 2.5 feet of snow

Two feet of snow had accumulated on the Srinagar-Leh highway between Sonamarg and Zojilla pass.

Drass and Kargil towns also experienced snowfall last night. While Drass recorded two inches of snow till this afternoon, Kargil which was the coldest place in the state with a low of minus 5.8 degrees Celsius witnessed mild snowfall.

According to reports Gurez and adjoining areas including Kazalwan and Tulail in Bandipora district recorded nearly one feet of snow, while Machil, Karnah, Keran and Tangdhar near the LoC in Kupwara district experienced seven to nine inches of snow till reports last came in.

In south Kashmir, Peer Ki Gali on the Mughal road witnessed two feet of snow, prompting authorities to announce closure of the under construction road connecting Srinagar and Rajouri-Poonch districts of Jammu.

Pahalgam hill resort also witnessed two inches of snow, while its peripheral areas including the famous 3,880 metre high holy cave shrine of Amarnath recorded two feet of snow, the officials said.

Srinagar and other plains were lashed by incessant rains since last evening, resulting in steep drop in the day temperature.

However, night temperature improved due to cloudy weather, the officials said, adding that Srinagar recorded a low of 3.3 degrees Celsius.

The night temperature also recorded an upward trend in frontier region of Ladakh. The night temperature recorded at Leh was minus 1.8 degrees Celsius, the officials added.

The meteorological (MeT) department Director Sonum Lotus told Kashmir Times that weather will improve from tomorrow for next one week.

Maintaining that the weather will improve from Friday, he said the plains also receive some moderate to heavy snowfall.

“The national highway from Qazigund to Ramban is likely to receive moderate to heavy rainfall during the night. However, from tomorrow morning the weather will also improve on this route,” Lotus added.

According to Lotus the climate in valley will have chilly conditions alongside the gloomy weather. “But there are less chances that rain or snow would take place in next six to seven days,” he said.

The government has issued the directions to various concerned agencies to remain alert to tackle any possible eventuality.

The deputy commissioners, police and traffic officials have been asked to take appropriate measures to ensure strict implementation of traffic restriction to safeguard life and property of the general public.

Doda: The upper reaches, Kulhand, Koti, Zai, Dal Draman, Lal Draman, Kailashkund received the first snowfall of the season.

The hilly places like Bhaderwah, Marmat, Gundna, Gurmul, Dessa, Chinta, Bhallessa, Banihal, Marwah, Dachan, are under the grip of cold wave.

Following the cold the people have started using winter outfits. Meanwhile, Trikuta hills also witnessed season’s snowfall.
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News Updated at : Thursday, November 29, 2012
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