Flights Cancelled, Highway Closed Due To Snowfall

SRINAGAR: Kashmir Valley on Saturday was cut-off from the rest of the world as snowfall led to the closure of the vital Srinagar-Jammu highway, besides affecting air traffic.

A view of Dal Lake in Srinagar on Saturday, January 23, 2020. KL Image by Bilal Bahadur

An official said that due to continuous snowfall since morning, all flights to and from the Srinagar international airport have been cancelled.

He said that all flights to and from Srinagar airport were delayed in the morning and had to be finally cancelled because the runway clearance at the airport can only be started once it stops snowing.

“Flight operations which remained suspended till noon to and from Srinagar international airport have been cancelled for the day,” he said.

Over 3 inches of snow had accumulated on the ground at most places in the plains of the valley till noon while reports said moderate to heavy snowfall was continuing in the higher reaches.

The Srinagar-Jammu highway, the vital surface link connecting Valley with the outside world was closed for traffic due to snowfall.

Many vehicles, mostly trucks, with essential supplies which had already left for Kashmir from Jammu are stranded on the highway.

Meanwhile, the weather office has forecast improvement in overall weather conditions from January 25.

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