A fresh spell of snowfall on Wednesday ended the chilly wave, triggered by the sub-zero temperature in the past two weeks, in Kashmir Valley. However, the snowfall forced the closure of the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway and cut off many areas from the towns in north and south Kashmir. “Snowfall left many stretches on the Srinagar-Jammu highway slippery and was not fit for vehicular traffic,” said an official of the traffic department. The fresh spell saw heavy snowfall in upper reaches of the Pir Panjal mountain range and moderate snowfall in tourist hotspots like Gulmarg and Pahalgam. Mild rainfall Srinagar city also witnessed a mild rainfall. According to the meteorological department, the minimum temperature improved to minus 0.4 degree Celsius compared to around minus 2.8 degree C recorded the previous night. “The day temperature hovered around 6.5 degree Celsius,” said a met official.The department predicted a fresh spell of light snowfall in next two days. “Snowfall may be moderate to heavy but isolated on January 4,” said the official.Meanwhile, on the inputs received from the Indian Meteorological Centre in Srinagar, Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan issued a weather advisory on Wednesday. This new weather system may lead to disruption of surface and air transportation. “Deputy Commissioners of Kashmir Division, including Leh and Kargil, have been asked to advise people not to venture in avalanche-prone areas during this period,” said Mr. Khan. The Deputy Commissioners were directed to activate their control rooms and ensure that the snow clearance equipment is placed at proper places.