Fresh snowfall on Saturday forced the closure of the Srinagar-Jammu highway for heavy vehicular traffic. Around two feet of fresh snow was seen in the Jawahar Tunnel area in the Bannihal sector of the highway during night, a traffic officer said.
When highway was closed for traffic a considerable number of vehicles was plying from Srinagar to Jammu, sources said, adding that all the vehicles are stranded on the highway now.
“The highway is closed for heavy vehicular traffic only but the small stranded vehicles are proceeding towards Jammu,” a traffic control room official said to Kashmir Life.
Snowfall also occurred at night in the higher reaches of the Kashmir Valley while rain lashed the plains. The Gulmarg ski resort recorded 18 inches of snow while Sonamarg received 20 inches and Shopian town 12 inches.
An official of the provincial administration said that snowfall was continuing in the border towns of Gurez, Machil, Tangdhar and Keran.