Snowfall blankets Kashmir, Jammu-Srinagar National Highway closed

Kashmir Valley Cut Off After Rain Snow. Highway Blocked Flights Hit

Kashmir Valley Cut Off After Rain Snow. Highway Blocked Flights Hit

Other areas of the Valley received snow on the second consecutive day, with people at several places complaining of power cuts. The almost 300-km highway, the only all-weather road linking Kashmir with the rest of the country, was closed as a precautionary measure in view of heavy rainfall at Banihal, Ramban and Patnitop and snowfall on both sides of the Jawahar Tunnel.

This is the first snowfall experienced by Kashmir this winter and has led to the closure of the Jammu Srinagar National Highway as well as the Mughal road. He said the traffic was suspended on Monday after landslides blocked the road at Ramban.

In the state's summer capital, flight services to and fro from the Srinagar International Airport were hit due to poor visibility caused by the heavy snowfall, airport authorities said. Gulmarg has reportedly received a record 15 cm of fresh snowfall on Monday morning, alongside places such as Pahalgam. He said two more soldiers went missing after an avalanche hit the Nowgam sector of Kupwara district, adding that continuous snowfall has been hampering the rescue operation, and more than five feet of snow has accumulated since Sunday. Also, the 140 km long Sonamarg-Gumri road, known as the Zojila Pass, has been closed for all types of vehicular traffic until further notice.

The traffic was suspended on Mughal road last evening as a precautionary measure in view of the weather forecast predicting moderate to heavy snowfall in the high altitude areas under the influence of a Western disturbance from 11 to 14 December.

The inclement weather, which resulted in considerable drop in the day temperature, also led to the suspension of helicopter and battery auto service at the famous Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine in Trikuta Mountains, officials said.

Jammu city recorded 12.5, Katra town 9.2, Batote 0.2, Bannihal minus 0.1, Bhaderwah 0.2 and Udhampur 10.2 as the minimum temperatures.

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