Srinagar- Air traffic between Kashmir and the rest of the country remained affected for the second consecutive day on Wednesday due to inclement weather as intermittent snowfall was reported from most parts of the valley over the past 24 hours, officials said here.
The airport management in a post on its official Twitter handle said “Light snowfall and low visibility today hampered our operations. We had 42 scheduled flights But only five could operate Other 37 were cancelled,”
It has been snowing in most places of the valley intermittently over the past few days but the arterial Srinagar-Jammu national highway is open for vehicular traffic, an official of the Traffic Department said.
He said motorists have been advised to exercise caution while travelling on the national highway in view of the snowfall.
The suspension of air traffic has resulted in hundreds of tourists getting stranded in the valley.
Officials in the Tourism Department said a good number of tourists had arrived in Kashmir for celebrating New Year and were planning to return home now.
Meanwhile, the weatherman on Wednesday said that weather will be “favourable” for flight operation on Thursday and Friday but not so on the weekend when it has forecast heavy to very snowfall in Jammu and Kashmir.
“Present weather (moderate rain/snow) is most likely to continue till late night today,” an official of the meteorological department said.
He said a significant decrease in precipitation is expected from later tonight.
“Expect another intense spell (heavy to very heavy) during 7(night) -8th,” he said in a statement, “Weather will remain favourable for flight operation on 6th and 7th and not favourable on 8th.”
He said people are requested not to venture in avalanche prone areas as data shows that most avalanches are triggered during intense heavy snowfall. “Follow Traffic Advisory Seriously,” he said, adding, “Maintain proper ventilation of your rooms.”
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