Fresh Snowfall Disrupts Life Again

SRINAGAR: As expected, Kashmir Valley Wednesday received fresh bout of snowfall as temperatures in the summer capital dipped to Zero degrees Celsius.

“Light snowfall was recorded at many places in Kashmir Valley including in Srinagar, Gulmarg, Kokernag, Kulgam and Kupwara,” a MET department official said adding that reports of fresh snowfall have been received from other parts of Kashmir Valley as well.

He said the ski-resort of Gulmarg received around 4 inch of snowfall, while Srinagar recorded 0.3 cm of snow.

The MET official further said that there will be respite from cold in coming days during day time, however, the temperature may dip further during nights.

Due to fresh snowfall, the authorities closed Srinagar-Jammu High way and did not permit Jammu bound vehicles to cross the Banihal tunnel. However, the stranded vehicles were allowed to move towards Srinagar. 

The air traffic however remained operational except for cancellation of two flights.  “The air traffic continued to operate normally except for cancellation of two flights of Indigo and Go Air. Rest some 15 flights landed in Srinagar today,” Manzoor Ahmad Dalal, SP Airport said.

Meanwhile, MeT department on Wednesday predicted moderate to heavy snowfall between January 8 and January 10.  “As already predicted, some isolated places may receive very heavy snowfall,” Sonam Lotus, Director, Meteorological Department said.  

Pertinently, on New Year’s eve normal life was disrupted all across Kashmir due to heavy snowfall. 

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