Jammu-Srinagar highway closed due to heavy snowfall

January 6th, 2008 - 7:26 pm ICT by admin  

Srinagar, Jan 06 (ANI): Jammu-Srinagar National Highway was closed for vehicular traffic due to heavy snowfall around Jawahar Tunnel area today.

The road link between Kashmir and rest of the country was snapped following heavy snowfall across the Valley.

Heavy snowfall and rainfall was recorded on either side of the Jawahar Tunnel on Jammu-Srinagar National Highway. The 300-km arterial highway has been closed for vehicular traffic till further orders.

The airlink to and fro Kashmir Valley was also suspended for the time being as all incoming flights, including the special Hajj flight, have been delayed due snowfall and poor visibility at the Srinagar Airport.

Snowfall began in the wee hours today across the Valley with Gulmarg recording two feet and Tangmarg nearly one feet of snow.

Kupwara received snowfall equivalent to 17.3 mm of rainfall, followed by Qazigund at 7.0 mm, Kokernag (6.4 mm), Pahalgam (6.0 mm) and Srinagar at 3.6 mm.

Heavy to moderate rainfall was recorded in Jammu division with Banihal recording 19.4 mm of rains. Batote town also recorded a high of 12.4 mm of rainfall, increasing the likelihood of landslides along the highway. (ANI)

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