Fresh snowfall leads to closure of Sgr-Jammu highway

Yolanda Curtis
January 14, 2020

The plains and upper reaches of the Valley have received heavy snowfall.

Snowfall has brought down temperatures across the Kashmir Valley. Tourist resorts of Pahalgam in south Kashmir and Gulmarg in north Kashmir were also engulfed in a white blanket. Srinagar recorded 12 centimetre of snow, Gulmarg 27 cm, and Pahalgam 21.5 cm.

There are reports of heavy snowfall in most parts in the higher reaches of the Valley, Jammu region and some parts of Ladakh Union territory, he said.

However, as snowfall continued in the state, the Himachal Pradesh Police on Monday issued a fresh advisory asking travellers to keep in mind weather alerts issued by the meteorological department.

The snowfall affected flight operations at Srinagar airport as no flight was able to land till about noon. At least 16 flights scheduled to arrive at and depart from the Srinagar airport were cancelled and at least one was diverted.

About a foot fresh snowfall was recorded in Srinagar and its outskirts since Monday morning, disrupting traffic and pedestrian movement. More than 2000 vehicles are reported to be stranded on 264-km long highway.

A man rides bicycle on snow covered road during fresh snowfall in Srinagar on Monday. But, he said traffic was again restored on the highway after some hours.

Trucks with different kinds of food items received add up to a total of 110 including 70 with rice and 40 with vegetables and mutton, he said, adding movement of vehicles carrying essential supplies was being prioritised and that more supplies are expected in Kashmir on Monday.

He said fresh traffic will be allowed only after clearing stranded vehicles on the highway. However, the officials said that there is possibility of light snowfall at isolated places till January 16.According to the wire service-Kashmir News Observer (KNO), the Valley parts received moderate to heavy snowfall for the second consecutive day.Srinagar areas also witnessed rainfall, thus melting the accumulated snow, causing inundation of roads, streets, lanes and bi-lanes across Srinagar. The national highway often remains shut due to bad weather, affecting the arrival of essential supplies, particularly cooking gas and petrol.

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