Kashmir parts receive fresh snowfall, Mugal, B’pora Gurez, Sonamarg-Zojila roads closed

Bandipora, Dec 23: Several areas in the higher reaches of Kashmir received fresh snowfall, while some parts in the plains were lashed by light rains on Thursday, officials said.

The higher reaches of Kashmir including the famous ski-resort of Gulmarg in Baramulla, Gurez in Bandipora and Central Kashmir’s Sonamarg area experienced fresh snowfall early in the morning, the officials said.

They said that the historic Mughal Road connecting Poonch district of Jammu province with Shopian in south Kashmir has been closed for all kinds of vehicular traffic, owing to fresh snowfall in upper reaches of the area.

The authorities this morning also closed the 85-km-long Bandipora-Gurez road in north Kashmir for vehicular movement after fresh snowfall at Razdan Pass.

“Due to fresh snowfall in Gurez and at Razdan Pass, the only road link connecting Gurez with the rest of the world has been closed for traffic movement,” the officials said.

Meanwhile, Sonamarg-Zojjila road was also closed after upper reaches of Zojila in Ganderbal district of Central Kashmir received fresh snowfall.

“Snowfall in Drass and Sonamarg has led to closure of Sonamarg-Drass road,” an official said.

A local Meteorological department said that the present weather condition would likely to continue till next 24 hours.

“Another Snow spell of greater intensity is most likely during 26-27th, ” it said.

“Expect, Widespread light to moderate snow in plains of Kashmir, rain in Jammu and Moderate snow at scattered places of Ladakh especially Kargil Zanskar region. Light snow also possible at some places in Leh dist. (Mainly over Higher reaches),” the Met said.

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