After the Kashmir Valley witnessed a driest period, during the 40 days of Chilla-i-Kalan- the harshest period of the winter, in the last thirty years, people felt a respite on Monday, after the plains and upper reaches of the valley received the first major snowfall.
Authorities have closed the national Srinagar-Jammu national highway for traffic, in the wake of snowfall.
Officials said that that no major change is expected in the weather across the valley in next 24 hours.
“We have received reports of snowfall, from almost every part of the Valley. The North west part of the Kashmir valley has witnessed more snow as compared to the other parts of the valley,” said Director Meteorological Department Kashmir, Sonam Lotus. “The tourist destination Gulmarg has received around 1.5 feet of snow from yesterday and the snow is still on.”
He said that the higher reaches of the Kashmir Valley, would witness heavy snowfall and the plains would receive moderate snow and rain.
The fresh snowfall on Monday, across the Kashmir, has also forced the authorities to shut down the Srinagar-Jammu national highway- the lone arterial link, which connects the Kashmir, with the rest of the country. Several flights were also delayed, due to the bad weather.
A senior traffic official said that the traffic along the highway was closed down due to the slippery road. “We have closed down the highway, due to the slippery condition and also snowfall at several places.”
The authorities have already issued avalanche warnings, for the people living in the remote and higher altitudes of the valley. People have been asked not to venture in the wake of heavy snowfall.
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