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Srinagar-Jammu highway closed again

MeT says weather will remain dry for next 4 days
Shabir Ibn Yusuf
Srinagar | Posted : Feb 14 2018 1:29AM | Updated: Feb 13 2018 11:36PM
Srinagar-Jammu highway closed again
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The Srinagar-Jammu highway was closed again on Tuesday shortly after it was reopened.

Officials said that traffic on the 300-km-long highway was resumed for a brief period before it was suspended again due to fresh landslides at Panthal and Anokhapal Tuesday afternoon.

The highway was closed on Monday due to snow, landslides and slippery road conditions. “The road is closed and there have been fresh landslides at some places,” SSP Traffic (Rural) Ajaj Ahmad Bhat told Greater Kashmir. He said clearance of road is underway. “Once the road is cleared, about 250 stranded vehicles will be allowed to go first. No vehicle was allowed from either Srinagar or Jammu for the second day today.”

Traffic on the highway was resumed this afternoon following improvement in the weather conditions.

“The weather will remain dry for next four days,” director MeT department, Sonam Lotus told Greater Kashmir.

Officials said that the flight operations at the Srinagar International Airport resumed in the morning. “Conditions had become stable over the Airport after the runway was cleared and there was improvement in visibility,” officials said adding that no flight was canceled on Tuesday.

Chandigarh-based Snow and Avalanche Study Establishment (SASE) issued avalanche warning valid for the next 24 hours starting at 5:00 pm Tuesday.

A SASE advisory said a high danger avalanche warning was issued for avalanche-prone areas in Baramulla and Kupwara districts of Jammu and Kashmir while a medium danger avalanche warning was issued for Ganderbal, Bandipora and Kargil districts of the state.

A low danger avalanche warning was issued for Anantnag, Ramban and Leh districts of the state.

"People are advised not to venture in avalanche-prone slopes or areas," it said.

Intermittent snowfall continued at many places across Kashmir, even as the minimum temperature settled below freezing point across the Valley and the Ladakh region.