Heavy snowfall shuts Jammu-Srinagar Highway

The traffic on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway — the only all-weather road linking Kashmir with the rest of the country — was suspended on Monday as high altitude areas experienced heavy snowfall while plains were lashed by incessant rains.

Jawahar Tunnel – the gateway to Kashmir – along the 270-km highway received nearly two feet of snow since Sunday evening, forcing authorities to close the arterial road for traffic, an official of the traffic department said.

 However, local traffic on Banihal-Ramban stretch of the highway was allowed despite incessant rains which also triggered shooting of stones near Battery Cheshma this morning.

The road was immediately cleared to allow local traffic, the official said. He said the snow clearance operation on both sides of the Jawahar Tunnel was going on despite intermittent snowfall.

The early opening of the highway for traffic looks bleak as weatherman has predicted moderate to heavy snowfall and rains across Jammu and Kashmir till Wednesday, the official said.

The high altitude areas are experiencing intermittent snowfall – sixth spell during this month, while plains including Jammu were lashed by rains since last evening.

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