The season’s first snowfall across north India’s hill states wreaked havoc across Kashmir Valley on Wednesday and Thursday killing six persons, including two army men.
An Army vehicle met with an accident in Langate area of Kupwara on Wednesday night due to poor visibility caused by heavy snowfall, an Army official said.
Also, two army porters and two civilians were dead in an avalanche in Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir.
This is the first snowfall after the onset of winter in the region. The Mughal Road in Rajouri was closed after a snowfall in higher reaches of the Pir Panjal mountains.
Srinagar recorded 1 foot of snow while Gulmarg and Pahalgam recorded 2 feet.
Fresh snowfall was also reported from Solang Nullah in Kullu district near Manali, Churdhar in Sirmaur district, Gulba, Koksar in Lahul and Spiti from Himachal Pradesh.
Due to snowfall in Jalori Pass in Kullu, National Highway 305 was closed for commuters.
Owing to bad weather in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, 11 flights of different private airlines bound to Srinagar and Leh airports were cancelled on Friday.