Kashmir Valley, Ladakh freeze at below-zero temperatures

Heavy rain and snow in store for Kashmir Himachal Pradesh

This 300-km long highway is of great importance as it connects Kashmir with rest of the country.

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 was closed for vehicular traffic on Monday evening as a precautionary measure following the adverse weather advisory issued by the Met Department. The highway was closed due to heavy snowfall at the Jawahar Tunnel, the Patnitop and Ramban areas and landslides at Pathiyal. "Such passengers are getting stranded at Banihal, thereby causing inconvenience to them, as the National Highway is presently closed, due to snowfall", he said.

"We are monitoring the situation".

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By the end of the day, at least five flights to and fro Srinagar, Jammu and New Delhi were cancelled due to bad weather and poor visibility.

The commuters, including 42 labourers from outside the state, were trapped at Chatapani-Pushana near Peer Ki Gali yesterday due to heavy snowfall in the upper reaches of Surankote, Station House Officer of Surankote police station Anzar Mir told PTI.

The popular tourist destination of Gulmarg received more than two feet of snowfall, the highest thus far, followed by Pahalgam (25 cms) and Srinagar (3.5cm). The Valley witnessed heavy snowfall coupled with incessant rains throughout the region.

Leh recorded a minimum temperature of minus 6.5 and Kargil was at minus 5.8 degrees Celsius.

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