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Srinagar-Jammu highway closed
Kashmir Valley receives fresh snowfall, rains
SRINAGAR/JAMMU, Feb 22: Higher reaches of Kashmir Valley received fresh snowfall while rains lashed the plain areas. The Srinagar-Jammu highway has been closed.

The highway was closed due to snowfall in Banihal and Patnitop areas. Today the traffic had moved from Jammu to Srinagar. But due to the snowfall the vehicular traffic movement became difficult.

“We have closed the highway for traffic. Large number of vehicles were stranded on the roads. Efforts are being made to clear the stranded vehicles. No vehicle will be allowed to move from Srinagar to Jammu or Jammu to Srinagar tomorrow. Only stranded vehicles will be cleared,” said a traffic official.

Reports from Jammu said hundreds of vehicles, including those carrying passengers, which left Jammu this morning for Srinagar due to one-way traffic, were stopped at different places, including Nagrota, Udhampur, Patnitop, Batote and Ramban in the morning, traffic sources said. However, several vehicles return to Jammu.

Traffic jam was also witnessed on the highway due to choking of traffic and traffic authorities were seen regulating the traffic.

Srinagar received 1.8 mm of rainfall till 08:30 hours this morning, an official of the MeT Department said. The city recorded a minimum temperature of 3 degrees Celsius, over a degree up from the previous nights's 1.8 degrees Celsius.

Qazigund - the gateway town to Kashmir valley - received 6.2 mm rainfall and the mercury there settled at a low of 0.2 degrees Celsius as compared to the previous night's 0.6 degrees Celsius.

Pahalgam resort, which serves as base camp during annual Amarnath yatra, witnessed fresh snowfall of 2 cm and registered a minimum temperature of minus 0.6 degrees Celsius, as against minus 2.2 degrees Celsius the previous night.

The night temperature in the famous ski-resort of Gulmarg dipped by over three degrees to record a low of minus 8.6 degrees Celsius as against the previous night's minus 5.4 degrees Celsius.

The resort received snow and rains equivalent to 13.6 mm of rainfall with the snow depth of 5 cm.

Kokernag, in south Kashmir, recorded 6 cm of snow during the night along with 8.9 mm rainfall, the official said, adding the mercury in the town settled at a low of minus 0.2 degree Celsius.

Kupwara town, in north Kashmir, received 2 mm of rainfall and recorded a low of 2.4 degrees Celsius, as against minus 0.6 degree Celsius the previous night.

The minimum in Leh town, in Ladakh region, went up by over five degrees to settle at minus 4.3 degrees Celsius as compared to the previous night's minus 10.0 degrees Celsius, he said.

Nearby Kargil town recorded a low of minus 10.9 degrees Celsius, as compared to the previous night?s minus 12.2 degrees Celsius.

The MeT Department has predicted light rain or snowfall at a few places in the state over the next 24 hours.
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News Updated at : Sunday, February 23, 2014
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