Upper reaches of Kashmir Ladakh receive fresh snowfall, plains lashed with rains

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SRINAGAR, Dec 5: Upper reaches of the Kashmir valley on Sunday received fresh snowfall while the plains were lashed by torrential rains disrupting normal life.
Meanwhile, Srinagar-Ladakh National highway and the historical Mughal road in south Kashmir connecting Shopian with Rajouri in Jammu division were closed for vehicular traffic as a precautionary measure following snowfall. However, Srinagar-Jammu national highway was operational despite the rains.
Reports reaching here said that the tourist resort of Sonamarg, Captain More, Kargil and Drass also experienced with mild snowfall since late Saturday resulting in the closure of Srinagar-Ladakh highway. It was still snowing at these places the reports last reaching here said.
The Pir Panjal range of Jammu and Kashmir including the holy Amarnath cave route also experiences fresh snowfall creating intense cold conditions. It was still snowing in Pahalgam, Sheshnag, Alipathri and near the cave site the reports said.
Srinagar-Jammu National highway was open for vehicular traffic despite the rains at most places, a traffic official said.
He said, traffic was suspended on the highway early in the morning following a huge avalanche and, shooting of stones occurred at Ramban. However, men from the Border Roads Organization (BRO) responsible for the maintenance of the road were pressed into service and they cleared the debris to make the road traffic worthy.
A traffic official said that Mughal road connecting Shopian in south Kashmir to Rajouri district in Jammu region was closed for vehicular traffic following fresh snowfall at Baflizz and Peer ki Gali. It was still snowing on the road the traffic official said.
Razdan top and Gurez roads in Bandipora district of north Kashmir were also closed as a precautionary measure following fresh snowfall there. Besides Keran and Karnah roads in frontier the Kashmir district of Kupwara were also closed for vehicular traffic following fresh snowfall in the region.
Reports of rainfall was also received from all major districts of the valley since early morning disrupting normal life and intensifying the cold conditions prevailing all across.
Torrential rains have lashed Srinagar and its adjoining areas since early morning disrupting normal life. Most of the roads were water logged due to the rain waters making movement of traffic difficult. It was still raining till this report was filed.
A MET office in Srinagar said, light rain and snow is most likely to continue till next 12 to 18 hours in the Kashmir valley and Ladakh regions. There is no major forecast of any major snowfall, the MET office said and added overall improvement in the weather would most likely from Monday onwards. (Agencies)