Highways closed after fresh snowfall

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Srinagar

Highways were closed on Friday following fresh snowfall in higher reaches of Kashmir.

The famous ski-resort in Gulmarg in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district recorded about six inches of fresh snowfall, an official from meteorological department said.

He said that areas in the higher reaches of the valley and Ladakh received fresh snowfall overnight which continued in the morning.

He added that there were reports of fresh snowfall in other high-altitude areas of Kashmir including Gurez.

“Drass in Ladakh’s Kargil district recorded around one-inch snowfall while Zojilla Pass on the Srinagar-Leh national highway received five inches of snow,” he said.

Rains lashed areas falling in the valley’s plains, including, Srinagar.

The snowfall and rains have led to the closure of Srinagar-Jammu national highway, Srinagar-Leh national highway and the Mughal Road.

“All highways are closed as a precautionary measure due to the snowfall,” an official of the Traffic department said.

The meteorological department has forecast light to moderate rains or snow in Jammu and Kashmir over the next 24 hours.

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