Kashmir and Ladakh Monday received season's first snowfall even as poor visibility forced cancellation of flights at Srinagar Airport for fourth consecutive day.
The snowfall was recorded in higher reaches of Sonamarg in Kashmir and several areas of Ladakh including Drass even as weatherman said that dry spell in plains will end on November 24.
Zojila received about 2-3 inches of snowfall. Traffic officials however said that despite mild snowfall at high altitude areas, the 434-km long Srinagar-Leh highway is open for traffic.
Director Meteorological Department, Sonam Lotus, said the snowfall has led to respite in cold conditions. "Light snowfall was recorded in Sonamarg, Drass, Kargil, Zanaskar and other higher reaches of Kashmir," Lotus told Greater Kashmir.
"A Western Disturbance is approaching that will subsequently result in rains in plains and snow at higher reaches in Kashmir," he said.
Due to poor visibility, all the flights to and from Srinagar Airport were cancelled on Monday. Officials said that all flights were cancelled due to dense fog.
MeT Director said that till November 24 there are very low chances of any improvement in visibility. "It will improve after 24," Lotus said.
The snowfall has led to increase in night temperatures, MeT officials said. They said the minimum temperature in Srinagar increased by nearly four degrees from the previous night's low of minus 0.9 degrees Celsius to settle above the freezing point at 2.8 degrees Celsius.
MUGHAL ROAD OPEN FOR 6 HRS EVERY DAY:
Deputy Commissioner Shopian today chaired a meeting to review the arrangements being put in place for winters in the district. The meeting reviewed the preparedness for winter and snow clearance arrangements in the district.
The DC asked the Executive Engineer Mughal Road Division Shopian and ARTO Shopian to regulate the traffic movement on Mughal Road and ordered that vehicles should be allowed to ply on the road only between 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m