The Srinagar-Jammu Nationwide Freeway was shut for visitors for the fifth consecutive day on Thursday within the wake of heavy snowfall over the previous 4 days, even because the minimal temperature throughout the valley stayed beneath the freezing level, officers stated.
The 260 kilometre-long freeway, the one all-weather street connecting Kashmir with the remainder of the nation, was blocked by the buildup of snow and landslides on Sunday.
“No recent automobile motion has been allowed on the freeway at this time as properly,” an official of the Site visitors management room stated.
He stated males and equipment had been on the job to clear the freeway, however the street was nonetheless blocked at a number of locations.
“The freeway is blocked at Samrolli, Nashree, Cafeteria Morh, Seri, Marog and Jawahar Tunnel,” he stated.
The official stated as soon as the freeway was cleared, stranded visitors can be allowed to ply.
Nevertheless, Mughal Highway, the alternate road-link which connects the valley to Jammu Division by way of Shopian-Rajouri axis, was closed for visitors because of heavy snowfall within the area, he stated.
The Kashmir Valley was cut-off from the remainder of the nation on Sunday because the floor and the aerial connections had been suspended due to the heavy snowfall.
Nevertheless, the air visitors back and forth the valley was restored on Thursday morning as flight operations befell on the Srinagar airport after 4 days.
The heavy snowfall threw life out of drugs within the valley with the administration urgent males and equipment into service to clear the roads of snow. Whereas many of the principal roads have been cleared, many hyperlink roads had been but to be cleared, the officers stated.
Energy provide has additionally been restored at most locations within the valley, they added.
In the meantime, the Meteorological (MeT) workplace has stated the climate is prone to stay primarily dry until January 14.
“The climate has improved and there’s no forecast of any main snowfall until January 14,” a MeT official stated.
He stated the minimal temperature went down at most locations within the valley and settled beneath the freezing level.
Srinagar metropolis, the summer time capital of Jammu and Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 0.Eight levels Celsius.
The minimal temperature in Gulmarg vacationer resort settled at minus 8.four levels Celsius in comparison with minus 3.5 levels Celsius an evening earlier.
Pahalgam vacationer resort, which additionally serves as a base camp for the annual Amarnath Yatra in south Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 2.5 levels Celsius.
Qazigund recorded a minimal of minus 0.2 levels Celsius, Kupwara, within the north, minus 1.7 levels Celsius and Kokernag, minus 1 levels Celsius.
Kashmir is at the moment below the grip of ”Chillai-Kalan”, the 40-day harshest winter interval when a chilly wave grips the area and the temperature drops significantly resulting in the freezing of water our bodies, together with the well-known Dal Lake right here, in addition to the water provide strains in a number of components of the valley.
The probabilities of snowfall are essentially the most frequent and most throughout this era and most areas, particularly within the greater reaches, obtain heavy snowfall.
Whereas ”Chillai-Kalan”, which started on December 21, will finish on January 31, the chilly wave continues even after that in Kashmir with a 20-day-long ”Chillai-Khurd” (small chilly) and a 10-day-long ”Chillai-Bachha” (child chilly).
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