Most parts of Kashmir, including the plains, received fresh snowfall Friday which led to closure of the Srinagar-Jammu national highway, the only all-weather road-link connecting the valley with the rest of the country.
The MeT Office has forecast intermittent light precipitation for the next 24 hours.
Kashmir, including plains of the valley, received fresh snowfall Thursday night which continued till Friday morning, an official of the Meteorological Department here said.
He said Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, recorded 5.6 mm of snowfall till 8:30 am Friday.
Pahalgam health resort, which also serves as one of the base camps for the annual Amarnath yatra, received 11.4 mm of snow, while the famous ski-resort of Gulmarg recorded 3.4 mm of snow.
The official said while the plains of the valley received light snowfall, there are reports of moderate snowfall in the higher reaches of the state.
The fresh snowfall led to closure of the Srinagar-Jammu national highway, the valley’s all weather road link connecting Kashmir with the rest of the country.
“Traffic on the Srinagar-Jammu national highway was suspended this morning due to snowfall and slippery conditions,” an official of the Traffic Control Room here said.
He said the decision to resume traffic on the national highway would be taken once there is improvement in the weather and the road is cleared off the snow.
However, the flight operations at the Srinagar airport here took place normally, an official at the airport said.
Meanwhile, the minimum temperature at Srinagar settled at minus one degrees Celsius Thursday night, down from the previous night’s low of minus 0.3 degree Celsius, the MeT official said.
He said Qazigund, the gateway town to the valley in south Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 1.2 degrees Celsius, while the nearby Kokernag town registered a low of minus 2.2 degrees Celsius Thursday night.