Fog cuts visibility, shuts flights to ground

No flight could take off from Srinagar International airport on Sunday as foggy conditions prevailed across the Valley.
Fog cuts visibility, shuts flights to ground
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No flight could take off from Srinagar International airport on Sunday as foggy conditions prevailed across the Valley.

"None of the 17 flights operating on Srinagar sector could take off from here today because of poor visibility," Director, Srinagar International Airport, Sharad Kumar confirmed to Greater Kashmir. 

Airport authority officials said the passengers were informed about the cancellation of the flights in the morning.

Pertinently, the Airport Authorities had cancelled all flights on Friday and Saturday due to poor visibility as a thick layer of fog engulfed Kashmir, leaving hundreds of passengers stranded.

"Foggy conditions persisted for the third consecutive day on Sunday, but not as strong as were witnessed Saturday," Meteorological Department officials said here.

Reports said that the fog also affected road traffic especially in the morning hours in most parts of Kashmir.

Director Meteorological Department, Sonam Lotus, told Greater Kashmir that there will be no significant change in the visibility in the coming two to three days. 

Lotus said that plains of Kashmir will likely receive a spell of rains and snow from November 24. "It will continue for two days and later weather will improve," MET Director said. "Because of rains and snow pollutants will settle down and there will be improvement in visibility."

MET officials said that the Western disturbance which will likely reach Jammu & Kashmir on November 24 will be having high intensity. They said the minimum temperature across the Kashmir division continued to remain below the freezing point, but there was slight improvement in the night temperature at few places.

They said Srinagar recorded the minimum temperature of minus 2.5 degrees Celsius same as that of the previous night. The official said the night temperature in the city was four degrees below normal for this part of the season.

MET officials said the minimum temperature in Qazigund was minus 1.8 degrees Celsius up from minus 2.2 degrees Celsius on the previous night.

Hill resort of Pahalgam in south Kashmir, they said, recorded the minimum of minus 4.0 degrees Celsius as compared to minus 4.2 degrees Celsius yesterday. The hill resort was the coldest recorded place in Kashmir, they added. 

MET officials said that Gulmarg in Baramulla district of north Kashmir registered minimum temperatures at minus 0.6 degrees Celsius against yesterday's minus 0.4 degrees Celsius.  Kupwara, in north Kashmir, registered the minimum of minus 2.9 degrees Celsius, while Kokernag town in south registered the low of minus 0.3 degrees Celsius, they added.

MET officials said Kargil town in Ladakh region was the coldest recorded place in Jammu and Kashmir as it registered the low of minus 8.4 degrees Celsius, a degree up from the previous night's minus 9.2 degrees Celsius.

The night temperature in the nearby Leh town also increased from minus 8.4 degrees Celsius yesterday to register the low of minus 7.9 degrees Celsius, they said.  

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