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Kashmir snow shuts Srinagar Jammu Highway for second consecutive day

Kashmir snow shuts Srinagar Jammu Highway for second consecutive day

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Updated on February 13, 2018: 

The Srinagar Jammu highway which was closed yesterday due to heavy snowfall in the Kashmir remained closed on the second consecutive day as snow show continues in the Kashmir valley and its adjoining areas.

The 300 km long highway was opened for a brief period of time for vehicular movement as slippery conditions had taken a backseat and the road had become motorable. However, as landslides were observed at Penthal and Anokhapal, the highway was closed once again.

Meanwhile, the operations at the Srinagar resumed in the morning. Conditions had become stable over the Airport after the runway was cleared and there was improvement in visibility.

As per Traffic Control Room officials, the movement of traffic on the highway will only be allowed only after the road is cleared off by the concerned road maintenance agency. Thereafter, the road conditions will also be assessed before traffic is allowed on the highway.

As per weathermen at Skymet Weather, snowfall activity is expected to reduce tomorrow and only isolated areas will be observing snow. However, around February 15, snow show will once again make an appearance as a fresh Western Disturbance will affect the Western Himalayan region.

Published on February 12, 2018: The states of Jammu and Kashmir as well as Himachal Pradesh had not witnessed any significant rain and snow since a long time. So much so that the region did not record any significant amount of rain and snow in February.

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However, the wait for snowfall has finally come to an end as fresh snowfall activity has been witnessed over the hills of North India inclusive of Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh. All thanks to the Western Disturbance which has been persisting over the Jammu and Kashmir region.

Unlike the previous disturbances, this one has been active in nature and has resulted in widespread snow in Kashmir and Himachal. Cities of Srinagar, Shimla, Manali, Gulmarg and other areas have been observing snowfall activity.

Due to this heavy snowfall activity, the Jammu-Srinagar highway which links Kashmir to the rest of the country has been closed as snow was accumulated around Jawahar Tunnel in Qazi Gund. Fresh snow in Jawahar Tunnel further led to the closure of the tunnel.

Vehicular movement has been stopped in Jammu and Qazi Gund at the Nagrota check post. Now, as per weathermen, snowfall activity will continue throughout today. Isolated snowfall is also likely tomorrow. Thereafter, a slight breather is likely on February 14, however, a fresh Western Disturbance will affect the Western Himalayas around February 15 which will again result in snow over the hills of North India.

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Please Note: Any information picked from here must be attributed to skymetweather.com