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Parts of Kashmir receive fresh snowfall; Sgr-Jmu nat’l highway closed, re-opened

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Srinagar: Some areas in Kashmir received intermittent light snowfall amid a decrease in minimum temperatures in most parts of the Valley, officials said on Saturday.

The bad weather also forced closure of the Srinagar-Jammu national highway, however, the traffic was restored later.

Some areas in the Kashmir Valley, especially the upper reaches, received fresh light snowfall early on Saturday, the officials said.

Pahalgam, the tourist resort town in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district, recorded 13 inches of snow in the last 24 hours, followed by eight inches in Kokernag, six inches in Qazigund and four inches in Shopian, they said.

There was very light snowfall in Srinagar, Ganderbal and some other areas in the plains.

Some other areas in Jammu and Kashmir received intermittent rainfall.

The inclement weather also hit air traffic to and from the Valley with many flights being delayed.

The Srinagar-Jammu national highway was closed for traffic due to shooting stones at Panthyal, the officials said, adding, the traffic was restored after sometime.

As per the traffic authorities, the vehicular movement was restored on the Jammu–Srinagar National highway and the drivers and commuters have been advised to travel with caution.

Meanwhile, barring Srinagar and Qazigund, minimum temperatures went down everywhere else on Friday night.

In Srinagar, the mercury settled at 0.2 degrees Celsius from minus 0.1 degrees the night before. Qazigund, the gateway to the Valley, registered a low of minus 0.4 degrees Celsius.

Kokernag in south Kashmir recorded a low of minus 3.9 degrees Celsius while the minimum temperature in Kupwara settled at minus 2.8 degrees.

Pahalgam recorded a minimum temperature of minus 3.8 degrees Celsius.

The minimum temperature in Gulmarg in Baramulla district was minus 8.4 degrees Celsius. The ski-resort town was the coldest place in Jammu and Kashmir.

The Met office has forecast wet weather in Jammu and Kashmir till Thursday due to western disturbances. There are chances of light rain or snow at fairly widespread places of the Union Territory on Saturday.

It predicted a much higher intensity of precipitation from Monday to Wednesday, with the possibility of moderate snow in the plains of Kashmir, moderate to heavy snow over the middle and higher reaches and rain in Jammu.

Light rain or snow could occur at isolated places on Thursday.

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