"The highway was closed late yesterday following snowfall. It has been decided not to allow any fresh traffic today," an official of the traffic department said.

The stranded vehicles, which were stopped near the Jawahar Tunnel on Friday due to snowfall, will be allowed to ply towards Srinagar later in the day, he said.

The highway was opened for traffic on Friday morning after two days following its closure due to snowfall on Wednesday.

Most parts of the Valley experienced fresh snowfall during the night even as minimum temperatures at many places went further down the freezing point.

Srinagar recorded a low of minus 0.3 degree Celsius compared to Friday night's low of minus 0.7 degree Celsius, a MeT Department official said. The city received 0.6 mm of snowfall during the night, he said.

Leh, in the frontier region of Ladakh, was the coldest recorded place in the state with a low of minus 15.6 degree Celsius compared to Friday night’s minus 17.2 degree Celsius.

Officials at the Meteorological Department have said rains or light snowfall could occur at isolated places over the state but the weather would improve from Sunday.


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