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Fresh snowfall in hills, night temps drop

Excelsior Correspondent
SRINAGAR, Feb 9: Higher reaches of Kashmir received fresh snowfall and temperature across the place fell below the freezing point today.
The mercury across Kashmir settled below the freezing point last night even as Pahalgam and a few other places in the higher reaches of the division witnessed fresh snowfall.
Pahalgam recorded fresh snowfall of one centimetre and higher reaches had light snowfall.
Srinagar registered the minimum temperature of minus 1.2 degree Celsius, down from the previous night’s 0.4 degree Celsius.
Qazigund recorded a low of minus 2.2 degree Celsius, compared to 1.2 degree Celsius yesterday.
The mercury in Kokernag town in South Kashmir, settled at a low of minus 1.1 degree Celsius, while North Kashmir’s Kupwara town recorded a low of minus 2.8 degree Celsius.
Gulmarg recorded a low of minus 9.0 degree Celsius, a decrease of two degrees from the previous night’s minus 7.0 degree Celsius.
Leh shivered at a low of minus 11.9 degree Celsius, down over two degrees from minus 9.7 degree Celsius yesterday. Leh was the coldest recorded place in the State.
A medium avalanche threat has been issued for hills of Kashmir and the people have been advised not to venture out.
A traffic official said that despite land sliding at several places along Jammu-Srinagar, over 6000 vehicles crossed Jawahar Tunnel towards Jammu. He said that traffic will ply from Jammu to Srinagar tomorrow.
“Keeping in view the condition of the road, especially between Udhampur -Ramsoo and Banihal to Levdora (Qazigund) coupled with narrow width of road at certain places, only one way movement of traffic is feasible/advisable on Srinagar- Jammu NHW”, the official said.
“As such subject to fair weather and good condition of road tomorrow, movement of traffic shall be allowed from Jammu towards Srinagar/Doda region in a regulated manner. Movement of LMVs/passenger vehicles/Tankers shall be allowed from Nagrota (Jammu) from 0600 hours up to 1200 hours and from Udhampur up to 1330 hours only. However, the movement of HMVs (excluding Trailers/multi-axle vehicles) including convoys of Army, BSF, CRPF etc. shall be allowed from Nagrota (Jammu) from 0630 hours up to1200 hours and from Udhampur up to 1330 hours only. No movement shall be allowed from the above TCPs after the prescribed cut off timing under any circumstances”, the official added.
“No movement of traffic including that of convoys of Army, BSF, CRPF etc. shall be allowed from Srinagar towards Jammu side on 10.02.2017 under any circumstances to avoid hassle free movement of traffic”, he said.
“Commuters are requested/advised that vehicles are not parked in any landslide/avalanche/vulnerable zones of NHW especially from Ramsoo – Jawahar Tunnel – Levdora under any circumstances. All the vulnerable/avalanche prone zones should be kept free from any kind of traffic to avoid any eventuality”, the official advised.

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