The historic 86–km-(53.5-mile)-long Mughal road, which connects the northern Indian regions of Shopian in Kashmir with Rajouri and Poonch in Jammu, has been closed to all traffic on Monday following a foot+ of fresh snowfall.
The new snow combined with sub-zero temperatures and impressive accumulations already on the ground to deliver treacherous driving conditions, avalanches, and the suspension of all traffic in the region–a reality which means many remote towns and villages have now been completely cut off.
The National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) and Border Roads Organisation (BRO) have reportedly deployed two snow cats along the Mughal road, but have said further snowfall is hampering the clearing efforts.
Sub divisional magistrate, Gurez Mudasir Ahmad told KNS that food and supplies have been delivered to the worst hit and hardest to reach regions.
Ahmad says medicines have also been stocked up in the Gurez Valley.
The substantial snow cover in northern India is creating issues down south, too. The nation’s capital city, Delhi has suffered record low temperatures through the months of October and November: October averaged as Delhi’s coldest since 1962, while November has suffered its coldest temperature in 17 years.
As Mahesh Palawat, an expert at Skymet Weather explains: the dip in the capital’s mercury is due to the icy cold winds blowing in from the snow-laden northern mountains.
And looking forward, there seems to be no let-up to India’s cold and snow in sight–with heavy snowfall persisting today, Tuesday, November 24:
Northern India’s substantial snow cover is also assisting in driving the Northern Hemisphere’s Total Snow Mass to levels some 400 gigatons above the 1982-2012 average:
Both NOAA and NASA appear to agree, if you read between the lines, with NOAA saying we’re entering a ‘full-blown’ Grand Solar Minimum in the late-2020s, and NASA seeing this upcoming solar cycle (25) as “the weakest of the past 200 years”, with the agency correlating previous solar shutdowns to prolonged periods of global cooling here.
Furthermore, we can’t ignore the slew of new scientific papers stating the immense impact The Beaufort Gyre could have on the Gulf Stream, and therefore the climate overall.
Prepare accordingly— learn the facts, relocate if need be, and grow your own.
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Grand Solar Minimum + Pole Shift