High-altitude areas in the Jammu and Kashmir regions witnessed heavy snowfall which led to closure of the Mughal Road and the Srinagar-Leh highway for vehicular traffic.
The ski-resort of Gulmarg in north Kashmir received fresh snowfall of two inches last night while the day temperature in Jammu on Friday dipped by six degrees below normal, MeT officials said. Many areas in the high-altitude areas of Kashmir witnessed fresh snowfall and the region's plains were lashed by rains, a official in Srinagar said.
Officials in Jammu said around two feet of snow had accumulated on the ground between Peer Ki Gali and Pushana, a 20-km stretch along the Mughal Road connecting Poonch district with south Kashmir's Shopian district.
The road, the alternative link between Kashmir and rest of the country, was closed after the season's first heavy snowfall in the Jammu region.
"No vehicle was allowed either from Poonch or Shopian this morning as the Mughal Road was temporarily closed for traffic due to heavy snowfall in and around Peer Ki Gali," deputy superintendent of police, traffic, Mohammad Aslam said.
"The agencies concerned are ready for road clearance operation, but bad weather is hampering their efforts," the officer said, adding no vehicle was stranded on the road.
According to officials, the 300-km Jammu-Srinagar national highway, the all-weather road between Kashmir and rest of the country, is open, but commuters have been asked to avoid night travel due to threat of landslides and shooting of stones.
Sinthan Top, along the Kishtwar-Anantnag road recorded over three feet of snow since November 15, the day when over two-month-long dry spell ended in Jammu and Kashmir.