Fresh snowfall in higher reaches, highway reopens



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Higher reaches of Kashmir including Gulmarg, the world famous skiing resort, amassed nearly fresh snow overnight even as Srinagar-Jammu highway, the only surface link connecting Kashmir Valley reopened for one-way traffic.

A meteorological department official said Srinagar—the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir – recorded a minimum temperature of 2.4 8 Degrees Celsius last night against 3.7 degrees Celsius normal for this time of the season.

Qazigund, the gateway town of Kashmir recorded a low of 1.0 degrees Celsius while the mercury settled at minus 1.5 degrees Celsius in Kokernag, the official said.

Kupwara town in north Kashmir, he said, registered a low of 0.2 degrees Celsius while Gulmarg, the famous ski-resort in north Kashmir, amassed 18 centimetres of fresh snow and recorded a low of minus 5.0 degrees Celsius. The famous health resort of Pahalgam registered a minimum of minus 4.0  degrees Celsius.

Meanwhile, the authorities decided to allow traffic from Jammu to Srinagar for both light and heavy motor vehicles on the highway.

“Traffic shall ply from Jammu towards Srinagar for both LMVs and HMVs,” a traffic department official told GNS. (GNS)


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