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Higher reaches of Kashmir get fresh snowfall

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In a first of the season, Affarvat mountain, overlooking Gulmarg and Tangmarg, gets carpeted white as the higher reaches of Kashmir get fresh snowfall. Photo/Raman Barwal

Srinagar, Oct 09: Plains in the Valley were lashed by rains while most of the higher reaches received fresh snowfall Tuesday, forcing the closure of the Srinagar-Leh national highway.

An official of the Meteorological (MeT) department here said Sonamarg, Zojilla Pass, Amarnath Cave, Affarvat in Gulmarg, Mughal Road and many other areas in the higher reaches have received fresh snowfall. There are reports of snowfall in most areas in the higher reaches in Kashmir as well, he said.

The plains of the Valley, including Srinagar, received rains.

Owing to snowfall and rains on Zojilla Pass, traffic on the Srinagar-Leh national highway has been suspended.

A Traffic department official said traffic has been stopped on the highway on both sides as a precautionary measure in the wake of snowfall.

He said due to snowfall on the Mughal Road, traffic on the alternate road-link, which connects Kashmir Valley with Jammu, has been stopped.

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