High Roads News StickyJuly 24, 2011
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WEATHER UPDATES, HIMACHAL & KASHMIR 2014 , APRIL 8TH :
Himachal : light snowfall continues on Manali-Leh road from 3000 meters and up : Marhi , Rohtang , Keylong and Darcha. Also snow over Kalpa in Kinnaur , and in Chamba region. Rain and fog around 2000 meters in Manali , Shimla ( 39 mm ) , McLeod/Dharamsala.
Kashmir : rain continues in a waterlogged Srinagar .
Ladakh Inroads Updates 2014 : April 9th. :
Manali-Leh CLOSED , snowfall over the Rohtang La & Keylong April 2nd , light snowfall predicted the 6th. Ideal conditions for more avalanches btween 3000-4000 meters : temperatures dancing just above and below zero , more snowfall at the higher end turning in to rain towards Manali. Heavy snowfall over the Rohtang La and along the Manali-Leh road over the last in mid-March : half meter in Keylong , one meter in Sissu . Two avalanches West of the road , coming days of sunshine should trigger more.
Srinagar-Leh road clearance have started after massive snowfall in March , open road up to Sonmarg. Two Ladakhis dies in attempt to cross the Zoji La on foot the 8th. Border Roads Organisation now aims for a opening at the end of April , or at least before elections on May 7th. Slush and massive amounts of water on the roads in Srinagar. Heavy snowfall over the Zoji La in mid-March.
First step in opening up the roads by the BRO will be clearing Zoji La pass on the Srinagar-Leh road , and the Rohtang La on the Manali-Leh road.
Thaw zone in Himachal : Shimla , Manali , Kalpa all above freezing point at night , and a lot warmer daytime.
Karakoram Highway closed , opening earliest April ( as in this happening for the first time last year.
Nathu La closed , expected opening in May.