Fresh snowfall on higher reaches of J&K

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Srinagar, December 8: Mercury dipped as higher reaches of Jammu and Kashmir received fresh snowfall since Monday and the plains were lashed by rains.

However, the Jammu-Srinagar national highway was open and vehicular traffic plying smoothly despite rains beween Ramban and Banihal stretch, sources said.

According to meteorological officials, weather is likely to deteriorate further over the next 24 hours.

Light to moderate snow, with isolated heavy snowfall, were reported from a few places in Kashmir including the Zojila axis on Srinagar-Leh road, officials said. They said many places in the plains of the valley received intermittent rainfall since Monday morning.

The Met office has issued an ”orange colour” weather warning for the hilly areas of J&K and Ladakh and said the weather is most likely to deteriorate further during the next 24-36 hours in both Union territories.

Widespread snow/rain in the plains of Jammu is most likely during this period, it said, adding that there is a possibility of heavy snow at isolated places in the higher reaches of J&K and Ladak