Hilly roads shut for traffic

BEACON authorities carrying out snow clearance operation at Strategic Zojila pass on Srinagar-Leh National Highway on Monday. -Excelsior/Shakeel
BEACON authorities carrying out snow clearance operation at Strategic Zojila pass on Srinagar-Leh National Highway on Monday. -Excelsior/Shakeel

Excelsior Correspondent
SRINAGAR, Nov 7: The ski-resort, Gulmarg and other higher reaches of Kashmir experienced fresh snowfall today while the various roads across Kashmir including Srinagar-Leh highway has been shut for traffic.
The higher reaches of Kashmir including the famous ski-resort of Gulmarg in Baramulla, Gurez in Bandipora, Mughal Road, Kupwara and Central Kashmir’s Sonamarg area received fresh snowfall early in the morning.

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Besides the rains lashed plains intermittently since last evening, bringing the mercury further down across the Valley.
Sadhna Top in Kupwara has recorded a snowfall of two feet while Gulmarg had nine inches snowfall and Gurez 3 inches.
Srinagar recorded 30.4 mm rainfall while Qazigund received 36.3 mm rainfall and Kupwara got 23.8 mm rainfall.
Meanwhile, the fresh snowfall also led to the closure of major highways and roads across Kashmir.
The Mughal Road connecting Poonch district of Jammu province with Shopian in South Kashmir has been closed for all kinds of vehicular traffic, owing to fresh snowfall in the upper reaches of the area.
Earlier, the authorities had also ordered the closure of Bandipora-Gurez road for the movement of vehicles after a snowfall at Razdan Pass.
Several other roads including Sadhna Top, linking the border town of Tangdhar with other remote and remote regions, Kupwara and Gurez have also been closed as precautionary measures.
Srinagar-Leh highway has been closed by the authorities since the wee hours of this morning.
Sonamarg-Zojila road has also been closed after the upper reaches of Zojila in Ganderbal district received fresh snowfall while the fresh wet spell in Drass and Sonamarg has led to the closure of Sonamarg-Drass road.
The Weatherman has forecast improvement in weather conditions till tomorrow evening. The local Meteorological department said that another wet spell is expected from November 09-10, adding that the dry weather is expected from November 11-November 15.
“During November 11-15, there is a possibility of slight decrease in night temperature while the day temperature may go up,” said MeT official.
Amid the fresh wet spell today, a bridge connecting Chitragam area of Shopian with Kulgam collapsed due to heavy rainfall. The department and administration of negligence, saying that despite informing the authorities several times about the damaged bridge, no action was taken in this regard.
In Kulgam, police rescued three Bakerwal families stuck in snowfall at higher reaches of Waltangoo Nard Kund in Kulgam and shifted them to safer places.