Kashmir was cut-off from rest of the India for a second straight day on Monday, January 4 as the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway and Mughal Road were impassible due to record snowfall across the valley, leaving nearly 4,500 vehicles stranded.
“The Jammu-Srinagar National Highway is closed due to accumulation of snow at many places, especially around Jawahar Tunnel,” an official of the traffic control department told ptinews.com.
The official stressed that snow clearance operations were now in full swing, with the hope of soon restoring movement to the thousands of stranded vehicles along the 260 km (162 mile) road.
Two people were injured when a JCB overturned while clearing snow in Awneera village, located in south Kashmir’s Shopian district, on Monday.
Quoting officials, news agency KNO reported that both the injured were taken to a nearby hospital in an unconscious state where their condition is now stable.
The officials added that a staggering 4,500 vehicles, mostly trucks carrying essentials to the valley, are currently stranded along the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway at various places following the accumulation of 3 feet (almost 1 meter) of snow.
Mughal Road, which connects the valley to Jammu division through Shopian-Rajouri axis, has been closed for several days due to heavy snow.
Flights to and from Srinagar city remained suspended for a second consecutive day due to the poor conditions, meaning Kashmir is completely cut off from the rest of India and indeed the world.
Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, recorded a nippy -1.5C (29.3F), a reading well-below the seasonal average. The minimum temperature in Gulmarg has held at -5C (23F) over the past few nights. While in Pahalgam, a low of -6.7C (19.9F) was logged.
Local meteorologists have forecast heavy snowfall, with isolated very heavy snowfall, for the first half of the week, especially in south Kashmir, Gulmarg, Banihal-Ramban, Poonch, Rajouri, Kistawar and Zanskar, Drass as well as on the higher reaches of Ladakh UT.
Record-smashing cold has engulfed much of Asia over the past four-or-so weeks, a climatic reality that contributed to the global average temperature plunging 0.26C last month to now stand at just 0.27C above the UAH baseline:
Global temperatures are expected to tumble below baseline as 2021 rolls on, as the affects of the historically low solar activity we’ve been experiencing for the past decade+ finally permeate the troposphere.
Global cooling is here.
The window to prepare is closing.
The COLD TIMES are returning, the mid-latitudes are REFREEZING in line with the great conjunction, historically low solar activity, cloud-nucleating Cosmic Rays, and a meridional jet stream flow (among other forcings).
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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