Sunday, January 15, 2012

Snowfall in Kashmir highway closed

Kashmir valley witnessed snowfall today closing the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway that was re-opened for traffic early this week after remaining closed for four days due to heavy snowfall in the Pir Panchal mountains.

The valley was in a thick blanket of snow early in the morning after it starting snow last night across Kashmir valley.

The Director Meteorological office in Srinagar, Sonam Lotus today said that the western disturbance is presently active here will start weakening from Monday evening. "Till then, snowfall will continue with intermittent breaks. The higher reaches may receive heavy snowfall," he added.
The Jammu Srinagar-National Highway where last week snow has affected the movement of the traffic badly was closed in the morning after over night snowfall in Jawhar Tunnel. Around 1.6 feet snow was recorded near the Jawahar Tunnel forcing the closure of highway.

Summer capital of the State, Srinagar received over six inches of snow and the snowfall continued is still continuing.

Gulmarg had received over one foot of fresh snowfall, Pahalgam four inches, Ganderbal town seven inches, Badgam six inches, Bandipora six inches, Baramulla six inches, Shopian four inches and Anantnag town two inches.
Despite, the snowfall the minimum temperature in Srinagar was recorded at minus 3.5 degrees Celsius; it was minus 6.9 degrees Celsius in Pahalgam and minus 9.6 degrees Celsius in Gulmarg. 

Snow clearance was started early in the morning in Srinagar but after the clearance the roads in Srinagar city have become more slippery as the temperature is still subzero resulting in skidding of vehicles.

Despite the fresh snowfall, electricity supply was not affected in Kashmir. Last week it was due to heavy snowfall in the South of Pir Panchal that resulted in the disruption of the electric supply as the main transmission lines had got snapped.

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