Jammu-Srinagar highway
closed for second day



Serpentine queues of loaded trucks at Jammu-Srinagar highway which was closed following heavy rains and snowfall at Sidhra on the outskirts of Jammu on Saturday.


Jammu, Jan 7 :  The Jammu-Srinagar national highway continued to remain closed for vehicular traffic for the second consecutive day today following snowfall at various places in Ramban and Udhampur districts.

"The 300-km long highway continues to remain closed for vehicular traffic since 7 AM yesterday following snowfall and heavy rains at various places en route the highway," a Traffic Police officer said.

No vehicle was allowed to move on the highway towards Kashmir Valley from Nagrota check post as a precautionary measure, he said.

There has been heavy snowfall at Jawahir tunnel, Banihal and Patnitop areas along the highway.

Hills of Bhaderwah, Kathua, Kishtwar and Ramban also experienced snowfall yesterday.

In Jammu city and plain area, heavy rainfall is on since yesterday triggering cold wave conditions.

The low pressure area over south Andaman Sea and adjoining Tenasserim coast now lies over southeast Andaman Sea and adjoining south Tenasserim coast. Associated cyclonic circulation extends upto 7.6 kms a. S. L. It is very likely to become a well marked low pressure area during next 48 hrs. The western disturbance as an upper air cyclonic circulation over north Pakistan and neighbourhood now lies over north Pakistan and adjoining Jammu and Kashmir extending upto 4.5 kms a. S. l. With a trough aloft with its axis at 5.8 kms a. S. L. roughly along Long. 72‹ E to the north of Lat. 30‹ N.

The induced cyclonic circulation over northwest Rajasthan and neighbourhood now lies over south Haryana and neighbourhood and extends upto 2.1 kms a. S. L. Above two systems are likely to move east-northeastwards. The trough from the above cyclonic circulation to north Madhya Maharashtra has become unimportant.

Night temperatures were appreciably below normal in some parts of Madhya Maharashtra, Marathwada and of Vidarbha and were below normal in some parts of Assam and Meghalaya, Gangetic West Bengal, Odisha, Konkan and Goa, Tamil Nadu and of interior Karnataka. They were appreciably to markedly above normal in some parts of Punjab, Rajasthan and of Gujarat state; appreciably above normal in some parts of Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Chandigarh & Delhi and of Madhya Pradesh; in remaining parts of Rajasthan and were above normal in some parts of Nagaland-Manipur-Mizoram-Tripura, Uttarakhand, coastal Andhra Pradesh and of Kerala.

They were normal over the rest of the country. The lowest minimum temperature recorded over the plains was 6.0‹C at Betul (west Madhya Pradesh).

Dense to very dense fog (visibility . 200m) occurred at a few places over Bihar and east Uttar Pradesh; at isolated places over Assam and Meghalaya,

Nagaland-Manipur-Mizoram-Tripura, Sub-Himalayan West Bengal and Sikkim, Bihar, Uttarakhand, Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi, west Rajasthan and west Madhya Pradesh and shallow to moderate fog (visibility . 500m) occurred at isolated places over Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi, east Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh in the morning hours.


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