Kashmir Receives Fresh Snowfall, Flight Operations Hit At Srinagar Airport

SRINAGAR: Kashmir valley on Saturday received fresh snowfall, which affected both air traffic.

Another spell of fresh snowfall in Srinagar on Saturday 09 January 2021.KL Image by Bilal Bahadur

The snowfall which started on the early morning suspended the air traffic; though according to authorities the strategic Jammu-Srinagar highway is open for stranded vehicles only till last reports came.

Director Meteorological Department Sonam Lotus said that present snow spell in Kashmir likely to continue till next few hours and decrease thereafter gradually and will remain overcast to cloudy today.

“Thereafter mainly dry weather is expected till January 20,” he said.

“The air traffic to and fro Srinagar airport has been hit because of the low visibility due to continuous snowfall,” an official at the airport said.

“The decision to resume the flights will be taken after the weather is clear,” an official said.

“Runway not available till1300 Hrs due bad weather. Requested all airlines to take decision accordingly and intimate to relevant passengers,” airport authorities tweeted.

Srinagar, the summer capital of the J&K recorded minus 4.0 degrees Celsius while the mercury in Qazigund in south Kashmir settled at a low of minus 2.8 degrees Celsius.

Gulmarg, the famous skiing resort in north Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 10 degrees Celsius.

The night temperature in Pahalgam – the famous health resort which also serves as one of the base camps for the annual Amarnath Yatra – settled at a low of minus 5.1 degrees.

Kokernag town recorded a low of minus 4.5 degrees Celsius while Kupwara town in north Kashmir registered a low of minus 5.4 degrees Celsius last night.

Jammu recorded a low of 9.5, Katra 8.2, Batote 2.4, Bannihal recorded 0.8 and Bhaderwah recorded 1.0 degrees Celsius.

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