Mughal Road, Kargil Highway Closed After Fresh Snowfall

Erratic weather to continue till November 14, says Sonam Lotus

Srinagar.

Kashmir’s higher reaches received fresh snowfall on Monday while light rains lashed the plains including the summer capital Srinagar, even as the Mughal Road continued to remain closed for the second consecutive day.

The Srinagar-Jammu highway was however open for one-way traffic.

Light snowfall was reported in high-altitude areas in Jammu and Kashmir, including Pir-ki-Gali on the Mughal Road, which connects Kashmir with Poonch via southern Shopian district. Snowfall was also reported at Sadhna Pass in Kupwara, Gurez Valley in Bandipora, Keran, Minamarg and some other places since Sunday night, he said.

Plains, including Srinagar, also received light rains.

A meteorological department official said intermittent light snowfall in higher reaches and isolated rains in the plains continued throughout the day.

MeT director Sonam Lotus said there is no need to panic “as weather will not have much adverse effect this time.”

“The forecast is light to moderate rain or snow at most places in Kashmir and scattered places in Ladakh and Jammu region during the next 24 hours,” he told Greater Kashmir.

“Till November 14, the weather will remain erratic.”

Superintendent of traffic police (rural) Muzaffar Ahmad Shah said the Mughal Road continued to remain closed for second day.

“About five-inch fresh snow has accumulated on the road,” he said.

The Mughal Road was thrown open for one-way traffic on Saturday after remaining closed for at least eight days due to heavy snowfall at Peer-ki-Gali and some other places on November 3-4.

A number of private and commercial vehicles were stranded on the road after the previous spell of snowfall, while at least 100 people were rescued by the police and army, according to officials.

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