Snowfall disrupts surface, air traffic

Snowfall disrupts surface, air traffic

Local Meteorological department said weather would improve from Wednesday though there is possibility of light to moderate rain and snow in next 24 hours.

Snowfall continued in Kashmir for the third convective day Tuesday, throwing normal life out of gear in several areas of the Valley. While all Srinagar-bound flights were cancelled due to poor visibility, the Srinagar-Jammu highway was closed for traffic in view of the heavy snowfall along the route, officials said.

Local Meteorological department said weather would improve from Wednesday though there is possibility of light to moderate rain and snow in next 24 hours.

“Light to moderate rain and snowfall is likely to occur across the state during the next 24 hours. Weather would however improve from Wednesday evening,” said a MeT official here. 

The higher reaches received heavy snowfall on Tuesday while it snowed intermittently in Srinagar.

A Met official said Qazigund received 14.6 mm rain and 5 cm snowfall, Pahalgam 20.6 mm rain and 20 cm snow, Kokernag 33.3 mm rain and 30 cm snow, Gulmarg 17.2 mm rain and 2.5 feet snow.

He said Kupwara and Srinagar received mixed rain and snow of 4.4 mm and 5.2 mm respectively.

Srinagar, he said, recorded maximum and minimum temperature of 3 and 0.6 degree Celsius respectively.

The intermittently snowfall in the summer capital led to inundation of some vital areas including Regal Chowk, Residency Road and LalChowk.

Various city localities including FatehKadal, HabbaKadal, Qamarwari, Jawahar Nagar, Rambagh, and Bemina are waterlogged, reports said.

Inspector General of Police (Traffic) Muneer Khan told Greater Kashmir that the Srinagar-Jammu highway was closed for vehicular movement on Tuesday due to heavy snowfall. “In case of fair weather on Thursday, the stranded traffic would be cleared first,” he said.

An official at the Srinagar International Airport said all scheduled flights were cancelled due to bad weather.

Meanwhile, train service was also suspended for some time.

Reports of power breakdown in different areas of Kashmir also came in. Various villages in South Kashmir’s Tral area said power supply to their localities was snapped after snowfall. “We could not understand as why the power supply was snapped to our villages with snow

Meanwhile, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, RohitKansal, directed the PDD, PHE and other departments to ensure supplies to all the vital installations including hospitals so that patients do not suffer.

“The divisional administration is ready to tackle with any eventuality,” said a senior official.