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SRINAGAR, Feb 12: Breaking the lull of unprecedented dry spell, Kashmir valley received fresh snowfall on Monday bringing a much awaited cheer among people across Kashmir.

Due to snowfall several roads connecting different far off areas across Kashmir remained cut off while as traffic movement was also disrupted along several far off places.

According to the officials at state meteorological department moderate to heavy snowfall occurred along higher reaches as well as plain areas of Kashmir valley, including summer capital Srinagar, on Monday while moderate rainfall was also witnessed at several places.

The officials at meteorological department revealed that Srinagar recorded around 5 inches of snow on Monday.

The officials at Met department said that the Summer capital of Srinagar received overnight snow and rains.

The Met officials said that the ski resort of Gulmarg recieved 1 feet of snow till Monday evening.

"Across south Kashmir the Shopian area has recorded over 1 feet of snow. The Qazigund area along Srinagar-Jammu national highway received over one and a half feet snow," spokesperson at Met office said.

The Met officials revealed that 2 feet snow was recorded at Sadna top.

They said that nearly two and a half feet snow had accumulated at Jawahar Tunnel area along Srinagar Jammu national highway.

"Over 2 feet of snowfall has occurred in Sonmarg area of Kashmir till Monday evening," a Met official said.

The Meteorological department revealed that the proper precipitation was witnessed in Kashmir valley after a persistent dry spell of over two months.

Pertinently, the core winter period of Kashmir Chillai Kalaan which prolongs for a period of 40 days, had also passed without bringing any snow or even rain.

Meanwhile, the Srinagar-Jammu national highway, connecting the Kashmir valley with rest of the world was closed on Monday following fresh snowfall, landslides and accumulation of snow at various places along highway.

The officials at traffic control room revealed that the movement of vehicular traffic on highway was suspended early on Monday due to heavy snowfall at several places including Qazigund and Jawahar Tunnel.

The officials said the traffic shall resume on highway on after the weather improves and road is cleared

“The national highway was closed for vehicular traffic due to snowfall and landslides at various places which caused the blockage of road at Jawahar Tunnel and Qazigund area. As of now there are no chances of resumption of traffic till weather gets cleared," they said.

Flights at the airport here were also cancelled due to rough weather.

The Director Met department Sonam Lotus said that weather was likely to improve from Tuesday afternoon.

He said there were chances of light to moderate snowfall at higher reaches of the state during next 24 hours while light to moderate rainfall was likely to occur at most of the plain areas.

"Light to moderate snowfall may occur along upper reaches of the state during next 24 hours. Rainfall may occur at plain areas also. The present weather condition is likely to change from tomorrow only," Director Met office said.

News Updated at : Tuesday, February 13, 2018
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