Cold wave grips Kashmir, highway open for 1-way traffic

Kashmir continued to remain in the grip of intense cold wave on Friday, even as the Srinagar-Jammu highway was open for one-way traffic, officials said.
Cold wave grips Kashmir, highway open for 1-way traffic
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Kashmir continued to remain in the grip of intense cold wave on Friday, even as the Srinagar-Jammu highway was open for one-way traffic, officials said. 

A meteorological department official said that thick fog enveloped most parts of Kashmir on Friday, making minimum temperatures touch several notches below freezing point due to clear overnight sky.

Because of the fog, people began their day a little late as the weather condition caused inconvenience to motorists and other commuters, according to several reports and witnesses.

There was no fog, however, around the Srinagar "international" airport and the flight operations there suffered no disruptions, an official said.

The meteorological department official said that Srinagar recorded 2.3 degrees Celsius as its minimum temperature, while the same was minus 4.1 degrees Celsius at tourist resort of Pahalgam in Anantnag district and minus 6.1 degrees Celsius at ski-resort of Gulmarg in Baramulla district.

Kashmir is presently going through Chilai-Kalan, the 40-day-long harshest winter period, which began on Thursday and will continue till the end of January.  During Chilai-Kalan, the chances of snowfall and rains are frequent and maximum.

The meteorological official said that the minimum temperatures in Ladakh dipped several notches below zero on Friday and Leh recorded a low of minus 9.1 degrees Celsius and was the coldest recorded place in Kashmir, followed by Kargil at minus 8.2 degrees Celsius.

Meanwhile, the Srinagar-Jammu highway, the only surface link between Kashmir and rest of the world, was open for one-way traffic, senior superintendent of police, (traffic-rural), Ajaz Ahmad Bhat, said.

Traffic will move from Srinagar to Jammu on Saturday, he said, adding that no vehicle will be allowed from the opposite side.  

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