Gulmarg, upper reaches receive fresh snowfall, rain in plains

SRINAGAR, Nov 17: World famous ski resort of Gulmarg and other higher reaches received fresh snowfall in the Kashmir valley, where plains, including summer capital, Srinagar, experienced rain resulting in further chill on Friday.
Leh was coldest after the minimum temperature recorded further drop and settled at minus 6.9 degree followed by border town of Kargil and Gulmarg minus 5.6 degree. Light rain or snow would occur at scattered places in Jammu and Kashmir during the next 24 hours, a Met department spokesman said.
However, he said the weather will remain dry during the subsequent two days in the State. The famed ski resort of Gulmarg, 55 km from here in north Kashmir district of Baramulla, received several inches of fresh snowfall. It was snowing, much to the delight of tourists and traders associated with the tourism, a hotel owner told reporters over phone on Friday afternoon.
He said upper reaches, including Kongdori, Khilanmarg and Affarwat, highest skiing point connected by Cable Car, received moderate snowfall during the past 24 hours. However, due to fresh snowfall the minimum temperature recorded more than a notch drop and settled at minus 5.6 degree, about six notches below normal.
Meanwhile traffic was restored on the 300-km-long Srinagar-Jammu national highway, connecting Kashmir valley with the rest of the country, after remaining suspended for several hours due to landslides on Thursday night.
Meanwhile, traffic on the Srinagar-Leh national highway was delayed on Friday due to slippery road conditions following fresh snowfall between Sonmarg and Zojila, a traffic police official said this morning.
Decision to allow traffic on 86-km-long historic Mughal road, linking Shopian in south Kashmir with Rajouri and Poonch in Jammu region, will be taken later as the road remained slippery in the morning and evening hours due to below freezing temperature, he said.
He said traffic on the Srinagar-Jammu national highway was suspended last night following landslides at Ramsu. However, the Border Roads Organisation (BRO), responsible for the maintenance of the highway, immediately pressed into service sophisticated machines and men to remove the landslides.
Traffic was restored on the highway after several hours. He said light vehicles will ply from both sides, while heavy vehicles will operate from Srinagar to Jammu today.
No heavy vehicle will be allowed from opposite direction on the highway. He said traffic on the Srinagar-Leh national highway, linking the Ladakh region with Kashmir, was delayed on Friday following slippery road condition following fresh snowfall .
“We are allowing one way traffic from Ladakh to Kashmir from very early in the morning. Later, will allow from here to Leh in the afternoon everyday to avoid any accident or traffic jam on Zojila, he said. However, today, traffic was so far not allowed on the highway because of slippery road condition due to below freezing temperature, he said, adding that “we expect to allow traffic later in the day if weather improves”.