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Fresh snowfall in J-K; Jammu-Srinagar National Highway closes

Press Trust of India  |  Jammu/Srinagar 

Fresh snowfall was today recorded in many areas of and Kashmir, leading to the closure of the Jammu-National Highway for vehicular traffic.

The snowfall, however, snapped Kashmir's links with the rest of the country as the arterial Jammu-National Highway was closed due to the accumulation of snow around in the Qazigund area.

"Due to slippery road conditions and fresh snowfall at the and other areas, the highway has been closed," a said.

The traffic authorities have stopped vehicular movement at the Nagrota check post in and Qazigun.

The snowfall also led to poor visibility at the airport, disrupting the air traffic.

"Current visibility is 600 metres and the runway is not available up to 10.30 am due snowfall. The situation will be reviewed after that," an of the of (AAI) here said.

This is the first major snowfall in this winter, which was largely dry so far.

There was some snowfall in early December last year and since then the has been mostly dry.

According to the Meteorological (MeT) Department officials, the month of January was the driest in terms of rainfall in in the past 38 years.

The snowfall has led traffic snarls on all major roads as continuous snowfall has hampered the efforts of the authorities to clear the snow from roads, officials said.

Meanwhile, the minimum temperature across the Valley stayed around the freezing point, except for Gulmarg, the skiing resort in north where the mercury settled at minus 4.6 degrees Celsius.

Kargil in the Ladakh region continued to be the coldest place in the state at minus 14 degrees Celsius, while nearby Leh town was also freezing at minus 11.3 degrees Celsius last night, the MeT officials said.

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First Published: Mon, February 12 2018. 10:25 IST