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MANALI-LEH , OCTOBER 11TH : fifteen centimeters of snow over Keylong , road out again.
HRTC buses again running Manali-Keylong , October 3 The Tribune
MANALI-LEH , OCTOBER 2ND : light traffic running south out of Lahaul over the Rohtang. Road cleared up to Sarchu.
MANALI-LEH , SEPTEMBER 26TH : hundreds evaced after last days heavy snowfall : some with IAF helicopters from Sarchu & Baralacha La , others thru the unfinished Rohtang tunnel.One meter of snow beyond Koksar. Weather improving , mixed sunny/clouds coming days. Above zero night time @ Rohtang La till end of week.
SRINAGAR-LEH , SEPTEMBER 23RD : Sonmarg-Drass out for a few hours , re-opened in the afternoon. Night temperatures now around zero at the Zoji La.
MANALI-LEH , SEPTEMBER 23RD : heavy rain thru the weekend at the Rohtang , night temperatures still just above zero at the pass.
MANALI-LEH , SEPTEMBER 18TH : temporary stop between Manali-Keylong after snowfall over the Rohtang. Coming days forecast : mixed sunny to rain , rain or snow in the weekend.
SRINAGAR-LEH , SEPTEMBER 16TH : first snowfall takes out the road for less than a day between Sonmarg and Drass.
AUGUST 9TH : RAINS , FLASH FLOOD NEAR LEH : rains on the W side of the Indus seems to have taken the same path as in 2010 : destroyed houses and road near Sabu and Shey. No reported loss of life.
J&K SECURITY , JULY 8TH : expect tensions on second year mark of Burhan Wanis death.
LEH , JULY 7TH : Happy birthday , Dalai Lama ( on visit until end of month ) .
SRINAGAR , JUNE 1ST : one dead , one wounded after protests at the Jami Masjid. Two grenade attacks in S Kashmir , no casualties.
SRINAGAR-LEH , MAY 30TH : road blocked for a third after landslide
SRINAGAR , MAY 25TH : massive clashes at Jami Masjid after Friday prayers , 40-50 wounded , shots fired inside the mosque.
MANALI-LEH OPEN MAY 14TH in news stories – not officially confirmed on leh.nic.in yet
SRINAGAR , MAY 7TH : three cars with domestic tourists attacked by stone throwers on the outskirts of Srinagar. One dead.
PULWAMA (south J&K ) MAY 7TH : grenade attack against CRPF , one wounded.
WEATHER UPDATE MAY 7TH : heavy rains over the Rohtang , rain in Sonmarg & Kargil.
J&K SECURITY , MAY 6TH : five militants ( including professor from Kashmir University ) and five civilians killed in Shopian. Curfews , transport and internet restrictions in Srinagar.
SRINAGAR-LEH STILL OUT , APRIL 24TH
SNOWFALL AROUND ZOJI LA , APRIL 20 : Srinagar-Leh out after Sonmarg.
ROHTANG LA , APRIL 19-20: night temperatures still just below zero , heavy snowfall
MANALI-KEYLONG OPENS – AGAIN..
April 14th – The Tribune
SRINAGAR-LEH , APRIL 13TH : traffic resumes , single direction only.
SRINAGAR-LEH ROAD OUT APRIL 11TH beyond Sonmarg after landslide.
MANALI-KEYLONG TRAFFIC , single direction only on alternate days , starts April 6th. Followed by snowfall over the Rohtang on the 8th…
MANALI-LEH , APRIL 4TH : less than a kilometer of road to clear at Rohtang top
Crossing the Zoji La , April 6th – The Tribune
SRINAGAR-LEH OFFICIALLY OPEN , APRIL 4TH.
KASHMIR , APRIL 3RD : internet restored in the Vale , but not the south. Strikes continues, including closed schools.
SOUTHERN KASHMIR , APRIL 2ND : second day of strike , internet services and train traffic shut down. 80+ wounded in widespread protests. Ten militants and four soldiers killed in the triggering event.
SRINAGAR-LEH CLEARED MARCH 31ST , opening next week : The Tribune quotes BRO official : “The necessary repair work and widening of the road is being carried out and it may be completed in the next few days”
Weather forecast coming week : mixed sun/cloudy , no rain or snow.
SRINAGAR-KARGIL ZANSKAR OPEN , March 25th – confirmed by Kargil admin
FIRST FRESH VEGGIES OVER THE ZOJI LA , MARCH 21ST : see the recent comment from Leh
MANALI-LEH, MARCH 22ND : snow over the Rohtang La , Kothi ( 10 cm ) and Keylong ( 15 cm ) .
SRINAGAR-LEH , MARCH 19TH : open road up to Sonmarg.
MANALI-LEH ,MARCH 17TH : snowfall over the Rohtang La and Keylong
MANALI-LEH ROAD CLEARING STARTS , MARCH 12TH : kickoff prayers and starting the big machines. Ideal conditions for avalanches – rain down in Manali , snowing at Rohtang top and temperatures swinging just above/below freezing point.
SRINAGAR , MARCH 10TH : grenade attack against Kralkhud police station , no casualties.
J&K 10th : SASE issues low level avalanche for large high areas in Kashmir : Gulmarg , Kargil and more. More snow in next weeks forecast.
GULMARG ( J&K ) FEB 16TH : five skiers hit by avalanche , one dead
FEBRUARY 16TH : one way traffic to Srinagar from Jammu running
HIMACHAL WEATHER UPDATE , FEBRUARY 13TD : first major snowfall , no traffic beyond Solang on the Rohtang road. Six centimeters of snow in Manali, 35 at the Rohtang La, 27 in Kothi, Keylong 11. Light traffic running in Spiti – eight centimeters of snow in Kaza.
KASHMIR/LADAKH WEATHER UPDATE, FEBRUARY 13RD : SNOW AT LAST
Jammu-Srinagar road put for a second day. 23 centimeters in Srinagar, 40-ish in Pahalgam & Gulmarg.
KASHMIR WEATHER UPDATE, JANUARY 29TH : seven weeks long dry spell ends(?) with light rains in the Vale . Eight cm of snow in Gulmarg.
MANALI-LEH : road closed, rescue posts at Marhi & Koksar closed December . This marks the end of the rescue posts , as the Rohtang tunnel should be operational in 2018. The tunnel work is closed for the winter and the Bailey bridge disconnected , so Lahaulis can still only get out with helicopter for medical emergencies. Work resumes May.
SRINAGAR-LEH : closed since December 14th. Zoji La tunnel project approved , estimated building time seven years. This will be a massive undertaking , ending Ladakhs long winter isolation.
WEATHER UPDATE HIMACHAL/LADAKH/KASHMIR , JAN 11TH :
Solidly subzero : Leh now in the -3 to -13 range , Rohtang La -5 to -16 , Kargil down to -20 .
Nights only subzero : Srinagar + 10 to -3 ( banks of Dal Lake frozen a week ago ) , Shimla +13 down to zero , Manali +10 to +1 .
JAMMU&KASHMIR SECURITY UPDATES :
JAN 23RD : grenade attack against Baramullah police station , one wounded. Grenade attack against army vehicle in Pulwama , one civilian wounded.
JAN 20 TH : eight police wounded in grenade attack at Pulwama , 40 km from Srinagar.
JAN 11TH : Separatist leaders call for strike on Jan 13th after civilian death in connection to protests in Kulgam district.
JAN 6TH: Four police killed by IED in Sopore , 45 km from Srinagar.
JAN 1ST : Attack against CRPF Camp in Pulwama ( 30 kms from Srinagar ) ends : five soldiers , one militant dead.