Fresh snowfall in Valley snaps its link with rest of India
Kashmir Valley was today cut off from rest of the country as fresh snowfall forced closure of Srinagar-Jammu National Highway, the only road link to the region, and led to cancellation of all the flights here.
Srinagar: Kashmir Valley was today cut off
from rest of the country as fresh snowfall forced closure of
Srinagar-Jammu National Highway, the only road link to the
region, and led to cancellation of all the flights here.
"The traffic on the national highway has been stopped as
a precautionary measure on either side of the Jawahar tunnel
after the snowfall rendered the road slippery," a spokesman of
the traffic control room told PTI.
Fresh snowfall in the Valley brought respite to the
residents from the dry cold wave conditions, but affected
air-traffic as tarmac at the Srinagar International Airport
was covered by the white blanket.
"The scheduled flights to and from Srinagar International
Airport has been cancelled due to bad weather," a spokesman of
the airport said.
It started snowing in the high altitude areas late last
evening, while the summer capital Srinagar experienced
snowfall this morning, much to the delight of the people who
were reeling under intense cold wave conditions.
The snowfall has ended a week-long dry spell in the
Valley and came as a big relief to the people, especially
winter sports lovers.
Lack of snowfall or downpour during the winter months
often cause common ailments like cold, cough and respiratory
problems especially among elderly and children.
MeT department officials said snowfall was received
across the Kashmir Valley with the skiing resort of Gulmarg,
the coldest place in the region last night at minus 8 degrees
Celsius, getting maximum snowfall.
Light snowfall was also recorded at the tourist resort
of Pahalgam in south Kashmir.
There was not much of a change in the minimum
temperatures in most parts of the Valley, but the mercury in
Qazigund town, known as gateway of Kashmir, rose by two
degrees to settle at minus 0.6 deg Cel.
Kupwara district in north Kashmir recorded nearly three
degrees increase in the minimum temperature and the lowest
temperature settled at 0.7 degrees C.
However, Leh town in Ladakh region was freezing as the
minimum temperature recorded there continues to hover around
minus 20 degrees Celsius.
Kargil town too recorded a decrease of 0.4 degrees in the
minimum with mercury settling at minus 15.8 deg C.
The Kashmir Valley is in the grip of an intense cold
wave as it witnesses 40 days of harsh winter, locally called
`Chillai Kalaan`, which ends on January 30.