Breaking news : Srinagar-Leh … open .

Traffic (but not buses ) has quietly resumed on the Srinagar-Leh road. Kashmiri and national news quoted a senior BEACON officer going in to some detail over the Zoji La being effectleared , and the road beig held open to Leh – this being a first in the highways history in  the second week of December. Last year the road was kept open until the first week.

“So far the road is safe for journey, but nothing can be said for tomorrow as the weather is still not good” officer Mehta was quoted to say.

In winter months there is a weekly meeting on Fridays , that barring major events (read  : heavy snow over the Zoji La ) decides if clearance operations will continue. Meanwhile all traffic police has been withdrawn along the road since December 1st.

Weather :

Vale of Kashmir : mixed rain and snow in Gulmarg, rain in Srinagar.

Ladakh : 0 to -19 degrees in Leh , cloudy.

Lahaul : three centimeters of snow yesterday  in Keylong , with temperatures dancing just around the freezing point (- 0.7 at  night)  , rain in the lower end of the valley.

Himachal : 13 mm of rain in  Kalpa. Manali 2.5 degrees and a light dusting of snow.  Shimla still hot , 12.6 degrees by night.Chamba & Pangi snowfall in the high reaches , rain in the valleys.

Sources : Tribune , Greater Kashmir , IANS 8&9 December.

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