Abdullah, who is known for his love of nature and skiing on the slopes in north Kashmir's Gulmarg hill station, said that he would have wished to welcome 2014 at his home in Srinagar.

"I wish I was in the Valley tonight to see in 2014, alas it wasn't to be. Anyway, am not sticking around till midnight so happy New Year," he wrote on Twitter, adding he hoped 2014 brings in peace and prosperity to the people of the state and the country.

"Here's hoping 2014 is full of peace, happiness, success and prosperity for all of you. May all your wishes come true. See U guys next year," he said in another post on Twitter site.

The Kashmir Valley received the season's heaviest snowfall on Tuesday and all links - road, rail and air - between the Kashmir Valley and the rest of the country have since remained suspended.

While the strategic Srinagar-Jammu highway remained closed for the second day on Wednesday, authorities said rail and air traffic would resume only after the weather clears.

(Agencies)

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