The plains of Kashmir Wednesday received light rains and the upper reaches fresh snowfall even as the weatherman has predicted dry days for a week now onwards.
"It were slight rains and snowfall," Director Meteorological Department, Sonam Lotus, told Greater Kashmir adding that for a week now onwards, the weather will remain dry. "The sky will remain cloudy and there will be no significant change in temperatures," he added.
On Wednesday afternoon most of the plains in Kashmir received light rains. Zojila and Sonamarg received fresh snowfall.
Reports said various higher reaches of Kashmir including famous resort Sonamarg, Zojila, Drass and Minamarg on Srinagar -Leh highway received fresh snowfall on Wednesday afternoon.
They said Zojila received two to three inch of snow while as Sonamarg received one inch of snowfall till Wednesday evening. "It started snowing in Sonamarg and Zojila in the afternoon. However, traffic from both Sonamarg and Kargil sides had been cleared. Any further decision to allow traffic on the road for Thursday will depend on weather conditions," Traffic Police officials told Greater Kashmir Wednesday.
Pertinently, the 434 Km long Srinagar -Leh highway is officially open for the day traffic only but following the snowfall the road is temporarily closed as a precautionary measure to prevent accidents by skidding of vehicles or shooting stones.
MET officials said that night temperatures in Jammu and Kashmir rose above normal on Wednesday. They said that minimum temperature in Srinagar was 3.9 degrees Celsius, four degrees above normal. In Pahalgam the minimum temperature was 2.9, while in Gulmarg it was 2.0 degrees Celsius, they added.
Leh, MET officials said, recorded a minus 3.1 while Kargil recorded zero degrees as lowest night temperatures. They said the minimum temperature in Jammu city was also a degree above normal at 11.1 degrees Celsius.
"The minimum temperatures throughout Jammu region remained above normal due to the nightlong cloud cover," MET officials official said.
Air traffic disrupted
Meanwhile, the air traffic was again disrupted at Srinagar International Airport due poor visibility on Wednesday.
Airport officials said on Wednesday some flights had to be cancelled due to poor visibility caused by fog.
"Flight operations were affected again on Wednesday because of poor visibility," Airport officials said. They said that only four flights were able to land at the Airport on Wednesday morning.
They said that during the day only eight flights operated. "The rest of the flights were cancelled as the visibility was below the required 1.3 km," Airport officials said.
Pertinently, the air traffic at the airport has remained affected over the last two weeks as a thick layer of fog continued to engulf many parts of Kashmir, including Srinagar city. (With Irfan Ahmad in Ganderbal)