“Vehicular movement on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway resumed early on February 3 after remaining suspended for two days following multiple landslides triggered by heavy rains and snowfall,” officers stated.
However, the Traffic Department suggested commuters to observe lane self-discipline and drive cautiously as a part of the arterial street close to Sherbibi in Ramban district is single-lane and likewise slippery at quite a few locations.
The visitors on the 270 km Highway, the one all-weather street linking Kashmir with the remainder of the nation, was suspended on Thursday morning (February 1) after the street was broken by a landslide at Kishtwar Patheri close to Sherbibi, leaving a whole bunch of automobiles stranded on either side.
The snowfall additionally left the street slippery at numerous locations between Ramban and Banihal, whereas a number of landslides triggered by rains blocked the street at Magerkote, Panthiyal, Mehar, Cafeteria Morh and Dalwas.
“After hectic efforts, the road clearance agencies concerned cleared the debris and allowed stranded vehicles to move towards their respective destinations late Friday afternoon, paving the resumption of normal traffic from both sides this morning,” the officers stated.
A Traffic Department official stated the strategic 434 km Srinagar-Leh National Highway and the Mughal Road connecting the dual border districts of Poonch and Rajouri in Jammu area with south Kashmir’s Shopian district are nonetheless blocked attributable to heavy snowfall.
Meanwhile, a spokesperson of the Meteorological Department forecast moist climate until Sunday night and suggested travellers to observe official advisories earlier than beginning their journey.
In its climate replace, the MeT Department predicted the potential for gentle to average snow or rain at many locations on February 3, the potential for gentle to average snow or rain at most locations with probabilities of heavy snowfall over remoted increased reaches on February 4.
“Middle and higher reaches of the north, north-western and central parts (of Kashmir) may receive 7-10 inches of snow, lower reaches and plains may receive 3-6 inches, while plains of central Kashmir may receive rain with 1-2 inches of snow,” the spokesperson stated.
“Middle and higher reaches of south Kashmir may receive 12-15 inches of snow, while lower reaches and plains may receive 6-9 inches. Plains of Jammu division may receive light to moderate rain with thunder/lightning,” the spokesperson stated.
He stated gentle to average snow over increased reaches of Pirpanjal Range and Chenab Valley with heavy snowfall over remoted increased reaches of Doda, Kishtwar and Ramban districts of Jammu area are anticipated until Sunday evening.