Snow wraps Kashmir, finally

SRINAGAR: People in Kashmir woke up to blanket of white Tuesday morning with the season's first major snowfall, which disrupted electricity supply and also hit road and air connectivity.

This is after nearly two decades, Kashmir has received such heavy snowfall in the beginning of the 40-day period of harsh winter called the 'Chila Kalan'. 

Srinagar roads present a deserted look till late on Tuesday as people prfered to stay indoors, reports reaching Kashmir Observer said.

Officials said due to heavy snowfall, the traffic on Srinagar-Jammu highway, the lone road connecting Kashmir valley with rest of India, has been suspended.

Inter-district road connectivity also remained suspended in the morning. Slippery roads and absence of traffic police led to scores of mishaps causing injuries to dozens of pedestrians.

On Monday Srinagar experienced its coldest night at minus 5.3 degrees Celsius while temperature plummeted to minus 18.9 degrees Celsius in Kargil town in Ladakh region.

The MeT Department has said the weather would remain cold and dry over the next 24 hours and there is possibility of rains or snowfall on December 31. 

"Srinagar recorded the lowest temperature of the season at minus 5.3 degrees Celsius. Kargil also recorded the coldest night at minus 18.9 degrees, which is the lowest in the state and also the lowest this season in Kargil town. Leh town recorded a minimum temperature of minus 17.7, while Gulmarg recorded minus 10.2 and Pahalgam minus 9.0," Sonam Lotus, director of the met office here, said Monday.

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