• Traffic to ply from Sgr to Jmu today
• Met predicts very light snowfall on Sunday
• Gulmarg freezes at -11.2 degree Celsius, Pahalgam settles at -12.2 degree Celsius
After remaining blocked for two days, Srinagar-Jammu highway reopened for vehicular movement and more than 2000 vehicles were cleared from the road.
Senior Superintendent of Police, Traffic (Rural), Muzaffar Ahmad Shah told Rising Kashmir that the highway had been restored Thursday noon following fresh landslides and slippery road conditions at Shatani Nallah and other places.
“During the day, around 2000 Light Motor Vehicles were cleared from the highway,” the SSP said. “Trucks will be cleared from the road till late Thursday so that fresh traffic can be restored on the highway.”
Shah said there would be one-way traffic movement from Srinagar toward Jammu on the highway and no vehicle would be permitted to ply from the opposite direction.
LMV owners have been asked to cross the Qazigund junction before 11 am and after that Heavy Motor Vehicles would be allowed to ply on the highway.
Meanwhile, Srinagar-Leh highway, Anantnag-Kishtwar and Mughal Road continued to remain closed for vehicular traffic due to accumulation of several feet of snow and slippery road conditions.
Metrological department officials said the weather would remain clear and dry in the next 24 hours in Kashmir.
Director Metrological Department, Sonam Lotus said weather would remain dry and clear during the next two days in the Valley.
Except light snowfall on Saturday, weather would remain clear till the end of this month.
“We are expecting very light intensity snowfall and rains on January 26,” he said.
As per the weathermen, Srinagar recorded a minimum of 0.5 degree Celsius and a maximum of 8.5 degrees Celsius.
The ski-resort of Gulmarg in north Kashmir recorded a minimum of minus 11.2 degree Celsius while Pahalgam in south Kashmir recorded a minimum of minus 12.2 degree Celsius, the official said.
The weathermen said north Kashmir’s Kupwara district recorded a low of minus 5.6 degree Celsius, while Qazigund in south Kashmir settled at a low of minus 0.4 degree Celsius.
Jammu city recorded a maximum of 19.1 degrees Celsius and a minimum of 4.5 degrees Celsius, while Leh settled at a low of minus 18 degree Celsius.
Drass was the coldest place in Ladakh with a minimum of minus 24.7 degrees Celsius, the weather official said.