Fresh snowfall at Tunnel disrupts traffic

Excelsior Correspondent
SRINAGAR, Jan 13 : The fresh snowfall at Jawahar Tunnel led to disruption of traffic along Jammu-Srinagar National Highway while Weatherman has forecast fresh spell of wet weather later this week.
The parts of Valley including North Kashmir and hills of South Kashmir witnessed overnight snowfall but weather cleared in the morning. Baramulla, Sopore and Bandipora had 2-3 inches of fresh snowfall while Kupwara had 4-5 inches of snow.
The Jawahar Tunnel also had 6-7 inches of snowfall during last night and Border Roads Organization (BRO) started snow clearance operation early in the morning and Traffic Police allowed the stranded vehicles between Ramban to Banihal to ply towards Srinagar.
Superintendent of Police Traffic Kashmir (Rural), Muzaffar Ahmad Shah, told Excelsior that stranded vehicles were cleared today and no fresh traffic was allowed on the highway. He said that the clearance of the stranded traffic was started at around 11 a.m after clearance of snow on either side of Jawahar Tunnel by BRO.
He said that over 500 Light Motor Vehicles and around 1200 trucks crossed the Jawahar Tunnel by evening. He said that fresh traffic will be allowed to ply from Srinagar to Jammu tomorrow.
The Meteorological Department today forecast another spell of wet weather in the State from later this week and authorities has issued fresh avalanche warning for the hilly areas of the State.
“A fresh Western Disturbance is likely to affect the State from January 18, resulting in fairly widespread rain/snow, in Jammu and Kashmir,” an official of the MeT department said.
The official said that a medium and low danger avalanche warning has been issued in 10 districts of the State. “Medium danger avalanche warning has been issued for higher reaches of Baramulla, Kupwara Bandipora and Ganderbal while as a low danger was issued for Poonch, Ramban, Kishtwar, Anantnag, Kargil and Leh districts, for the next 24 hours,” the official said.
Meanwhile, Sun came out in Srinagar intermittently giving some relief to the people from cold weather conditions. The night temperatures showed some improvement but remained subzero while the day temperatures remained several notches above normal.
Srinagar recorded a low of minus 0.4 degree Celsius while maximum day temperature was at 8. 1 degree Celsius. Qazigund recorded a low of minus 0.9 degree Celsius while maximum day temperature was at 8. 4 degree Celsius. Pahalgam recorded a low of minus 2.8 degree Celsius while maximum day temperature was at 6.0 degree Celsius. Kupwara recorded a low of minus 1.5 degree Celsius while maximum day temperature settled at 8.8 degree Celsius. Kokernag recorded a low of minus 3.3 degree Celsius while maximum day temperature settled at 5.7 degree Celsius. Gulmarg recorded a low of minus 2.9 degree Celsius while maximum day temperature settled at minus 2.5 degree Celsius.
Leh had a low of minus 6.5 degree Celsius while maximum day temperature was at 2.8 degree Celsius.