Srinagar, Feb 14 (PTI) The arterial Srinagar-Jammu

national highway was shut for the third consecutive day today

due to landslides, even as dry weather prevailed in Kashmir

where the mercury settled below the freezing point at most

places.

The 270-km highway was briefly re-opened for traffic

yesterday after two days, but was closed again due to

landslips.

“The Srinagar-Jammu national highway is closed for

traffic due to landslides at Anokhfall,” an official of the

Traffic Control Room here said.

He said road maintenance agencies are on the job to clear

the highway.

“Clearance work is underway. A decision on allowing the

movement of traffic on the highway will be taken only after

the road is cleared off by the road maintenance agency,” the

official said.

The highway the only all-weather road link connecting

the Kashmir Valley with the rest of the country – was closed

for traffic on Monday as Kashmir experienced the seasons s

first major snowfall.

Meanwhile, the weather stayed dry, but cloudy across

Kashmir last night and the MeT office said there will be

improvement today.

Srinagar recorded a minimum of zero degrees Celsius, an

official of the MeT Office here said.

He said Qazigund town in south Kashmir recorded a low of

-3.6 degrees Celsius, while the nearby Kokernag town

registered a low of -3. 9 degrees Celsius.

Kupwara town in north Kashmir had a low of 0.2 degree

Celsius, he said.

Pahalgam, the south Kashmir resort which also serves as

one of the base camps for the annual Amarnath Yatra,

registered a minimum of -8.2 degrees Celsius, the official

said.

He said Gulmarg the famous ski-resort in north Kashmir

recorded a low of -9.4 degrees Celsius.

Leh town in the Ladakh region quivered at -10.8 degrees

Celsius, while the nearby Kargil town braved cold at -10

degrees Celsius.

Leh was the coldest recorded place in Jammu and Kashmir,

the official said.

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