Heavy snowfall in Kashmir Valley, Jammu-Srinagar highway closed

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Jammu and Kashmir, 6 Jan : Kashmir valley receives snowfall on Friday resulting in the traffic halt in many areas.

The Jammu Srinagar National highway has been closed due to heavy snowfall at Jawahar tunnel and in Banihal area.

Meanwhile, Tourists were seen enjoying snowfall.

Due to snowbound runway, flight operations to and from Srinagar airport  also have been temporarily suspended.

The hills near Manali in Himachal Pradesh also recieved heavy snow, a weather official said.

Manali, which saw a low of 0.6 degree, also got mild rains.

The temperatures remained below freezing point in most of the areas in the state after overnight snow and rain, a meteorological department official said.

The picturesque resort Kothi, some 15 km uphill from Manali, recorded 7.5 cm of snow.

Keylong, headquarters of Lahaul and Spiti district, was the coldest in the state with minus 5.9 degrees Celsius. The minimum temperature recorded in Shimla was 4.9 degrees Celsius.

Kalpa, around 250 km from here, saw a low of minus 2.6 degrees Celsius.

The Rohtang Pass, located at 13,051 feet above sea level and 52 km from Manali, witnessed moderate snow since Thursday.

“The higher reaches have been experiencing moderate to heavy snowfall since Thursday,” said the official.

The rain and snow were likely to continue till Saturday, he added.

 Wefornews Bureau

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