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Rains, cold winds lash North India; Jammu-Srinagar NH closed

Rain accompanied by high velocity cold winds on Monday lashed various places in North India including the national capital for the second consecutive day, even as the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway remained closed due to heavy snowfall and landslides.

While the students appearing for CBSE board examination in Delhi and adjoining areas, had tough time reaching their centres due to vehicular traffic, the annual board exam for class XII and university examination in Jammu and Kashmir were postponed in view of the inclement weather.

“The continuous rain and snowfall in Jammu and Kashmir have forced the closure of the Jammu Srinagar national highway” a senior traffic police official in Jammu said. Jammu and Kashmir Board of School Education and university authorities said that a new date will be notified soon for the postponed examination. The MeT department has predicted that the Valley would continue to experience “erratic” weather.

Mist engulfs Uttarakhand

Intense mist engulfed the entire Dehradun and adjoining cities on Monday reducing visibility as rained stopped late evening, the Met department said. The poor visibility led to traffic woes around the city. The mist also added nip in the air. Similar conditions were reported in neighboring towns like Haridwar, and Rishikesh lying on the banks of Ganga River. Poor visibility was also reported in Roorkee city. 

An hour before, the sight of rainbow was object of enjoyment for children and nature-lovers alike. But later the poor visibility forced the vehicles to move carefully after sunset and drenched roads added the misery for drivers. After more than 36 hours of rain that started on Sunday morning, people stepped-out without umbrella or raincoat in the evening on Monday.

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