Snowfall in the higher reaches of the hill districts of Jammu and Kashmir and rains in most places brought the temperatures down across the state intensifying cold. The widespread rains have been reported from most places in the last 24 hours while 1-2 feet of snow was received in areas located above 3,000 feet in Jammu and Kashmir has once again reminds the authorities to have all season road connectivity between the two regions. The maximum temperature has plummeted by 4-6°C at most places due to light to moderate rains adding to the chill and the only connecting link National Highway has been closed under the heavy snow the region is facing. Overcast conditions still prevail and sun peeping at does remind that the weather is not going to change and more rains are in the store. Clouds may lift by Thursday morning. The road links from Kashmir Valley -the 300 km long National Highway and the alternative link Mughal Road – to rest of the country have been closed following heavy rains and snowfall at several places, including the Jawahar Tunnel, and incidents of shooting stones near Panthal. In Jammu, the Mughal road, connecting Poonch and Rajouri with south Kashmir’s Shopian district, was also closed after heavy snowfall in Pir Ki Gali. The highway and the Mughal road are closed for the second day today. This phenomenon takes place every year. Such occurrences remind once again to have all weather connectivity so that snowbound areas are not devoid of essentials and emergency services. Even air services to and fro from the Srinagar International Airport were hit due to poor visibility caused by the heavy snowfall.
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