Highway Closed, Air Traffic Hit As Snow, Rains Lash Valley  

SRINAGAR — Parts of Kashmir Valley received moderate to heavy snowfall while rains lashed most of the plains including Srinagar even as meteorological department on Monday evening said present weather conditions would persisted for 12 hours and there would be decrease in precipitation thereafter.  

“As per latest radar and satellite imagery, the weather system over J&K with same intensity would persist for next 12  hours and thereafter decrease in precipitation,” an official of the MeT said.   

Bad weather conditions disrupted operations at the Srinagar International Airport here, leading to the cancellation of four flights, officials said.

Due to the inclement weather, four of the 27 flights to and fro the Srinagar airport were cancelled on Monday, an official of the Airport Authority of India said.

Another 11 flights got delayed due to poor visibility and intermittent rainfall since Monday morning.

A traffic department official said that Srinagar-Jammu highway, the only surface link connecting Kashmir with the rest of the world,  has been closed amid snowfall at several places along the thoroughfare. 

The MeT official said that Gulmarg, the world famous skiing resort, had  36.6mm (when converted into rain) of fresh snow in 33-hours till 1730 hours while as it recorded a low of minus 4.0 degrees Celsius and  maximum of minus 2.5 degrees Celsius. 

Pahalgam recorded 19.6mm of fresh snow during the time and night temperature settled at 0.2 degree Celsius and the famous hill resort has maximum of 2.8 degrees Celsius. Qazigund, also in south Kashmir, recorded a low of 0.6 degrees Celsius and maximum of 9.6 degrees Celsius  while Kokernag had low of minus 0.3 degrees Celsius and maximum of 7.6 degree Celsius respectively. 

As per meteorological department, there was 37.6,mm of snowfall recorded in Kupwara during the time and minimum temperature there settled at minus 2.9 degrees Celsius while it had maximum of 1.6 degrees Celsius. 

This summer capital of the state also witnessed 14.2 mm of rainfall during the time and it was raining when this report was filed.       

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