All flights to Srinagar were cancelled as foggy conditions prevailed for the second consecutive day on Tuesday, even as cold wave continued to tighten its grip over the Valley, giving tough time to people. The local Meteorological Department has predicted improvement in foggy weather conditions from Wednesday afternoon.
"Because of poor visibility, all 21 flights scheduled to operate to and from Srinagar were cancelled on Tuesday," Senior Superintendent of Police, Srinagar Airport, Manzoor Ahmad Dalal told Greater Kashmir. "Two flights, one from Delhi and the other from Jammu landed in Srinagar, but couldn't take off."
Director MeT department Sonam lotus said visibility which was only 100 meters on Monday was just 45 meters on Tuesday and disrupted air and surface traffic.
"The foggy conditions will continue till Wednesday morning when the maximum and minimum temperature would be above normal. There will be respite in foggy conditions from Wednesday afternoon," he told Greater Kashmir.
Due to the foggy conditions and poor visibility, people—especially drivers—faced lot of problems.
"I could not drive from Parimpora to LalChowk on Monday evening because of poor visibility. Even the vehicle headlights did not help," said Zahid Iqbal, a Srinagar resident.
Meanwhile, cold wave tightened its grip over Kashmir on Tuesday.
MeT officials said the sky would be again generally cloudy during the next 24 hours and the maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 12 degree and two degrees, respectively.
They said the ski resort of Gulmarg in Baramulla district—which was connected by helicopter service from Srinagar International Airport from November 22—remained the coldest place in Kashmir with minimum temperature of minus 2.6 degree, a notch below normal.
The tourist resort of Pahalgam, according to the MeT officials, recorded minimum temperature of 1.1 degrees, about a notch above normal.
MeT officials said that Ladakh region witnessed major dip in the minimum temperature as compared to yesterday when there was considerable improvement.
Against yesterday's minus 0.3 degree, the mercury dropped and settled at minus 5.8 degree. In Kargil it was minus 6.4 degree.