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Jan 13, 2020

Ladakh experiences heavy snowfall; Srinagar-Jammu highway remains close for traffic

The Northern parts of the country continue to be affected due to rain and snow. In Jammu & Kashmir, moderate to heavy rains continuously lashed Srinagar and other parts of Kashmir region since morning today. Kashmir had also received another fresh spell of snowfall late last night. Normal life in Srinagar and other parts of Kashmir has been affected due to latest snowfall.

The plains and upper reaches of the Valley have also received heavy snowfall. Srinagar recorded 12 centimetre of snow, Gulmarg 27 cm, and Pahalgam 21.5 cm. In north Kashmir’s frontier Kupwara district, normal life remained paralyzed due to heavy snowfall in the region from the past two days. The plain areas in the district received nearly two feet snow while in the upper reaches, it was around four feet.
Snowfall has brought down temperatures across the Kashmir Valley. Srinagar recorded a night temperature of minus 1.8 degrees Celsius. The ski resort of Gulmarg was at minus 5 degrees, while Pahalgam settled at a minimum of minus 2.7 degrees Celsius.
Meteorological Department Srinagar in a weeklong forecast this forenoon predicted widespread light to moderate rain/snow over J&K regions. It also forecast and scattered light snow over Ladakh region with scattered heavy falls in kashmir region during next 24 hours. The department further predicted  scattered to isolated rain/snow during two subsequent days. 

"The traffic movement on Srinagar Jammu highway remains suspended on the 2nd consecutive day due to bad weather. The Srinagar-Leh highway and Mughal Road continues to remain closed for vehicular traffic. Srinagar Airport Director Santosh Dhokey told AIR that the flight operations at Srinagar Airport were suspended on the 2nd straight day due to bad weather. Meanwhile, scores of villages across the valley including remote areas like Gurez and Tangdar in north Kashmir have been cut off after the link roads were blocked by the snow. Power supply has also been disrupted at many places in Kashmir.

Entire Kargil district and some parts in Leh district in Ladakh region are also receiving heavy snow fall since last night. Normal life in Kargil is disturbed due to snowfall. Vehicles are off the roads due to slippery roads. Vehicles movement between Leh and Kargil is also restricted. This is heaviest snowfall of the season. Though it has disturbed the normal life as of now, farmers in the region are taking this as a good sign for next crop season. 

"Met office in Srinagar issued Red Color warning of heavy to very heavy snow fall occurrence in the Union Territories of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh. Heavy snow is being received in Kargil and Leh districts. Another spell is expected on 17 and 18th January. On the other hand, Snow dependent Ladakh is happy with the volume of snowfall this year. Farmers expecting the moisture and glaciers will be recharged with the fresh snowfall to ensure a bounty of crops season starting later this month. 

In Leh and Kargil the snow also opened vistas for Ice Hockey and snow skiing. Yesterday, Leh district administration rescued 41 Trekkers from Chadar route. Leh DC Sachin Kumar said, the Chadar Trek is stalled for two days due to inclement weather. 

In Himachal Pradesh, fresh snowfall in some high reaches including Manali and light rain in a few other areas occurred in Himachal Pradesh, whereas sky remains cloudy in most parts of the state today.

Meanwhile today minimum temperatures increased by a few notches Celsius with Lahaul and Spiti district's administrative centre Keylong recording the lowest temperature at minus 6 degrees Celsius.

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