Raja Syed Rather
Srinagar, Jan 20: The parts of Jammu and Kashmir received fresh snowfall on Friday even as the weather department has also forecast more rain and snowfall during the next few days.
According to reports, higher reaches of Jammu and Kashmir experienced moderate to heavy snowfall, while plains received light to moderate snowfall.
With fresh snowfall, the night temperature slightly increased in many parts with Srinagar recording a 0.1 degrees Celsius last night, Pahalgam recorded minus 2.9 degrees Celsius, Gulmarg recorded minus 7.6 degrees Celsius, while Kupwara recorded Minus 1.5 and Jammu recorded 8.7 degree Celsius.
The weatherman has also predicted cloudy weather conditions with light to moderate sow and rains in plains of Jammu over scattered to fairly widespread places from tomorrow till January 23.
Furthermore, the officials in the Meteorological department (MeT) said that with 60 per cent chances, there is a possibility of moderate snow/(rain in Jmu) and moderate to heavy snow over middle & higher reaches
Meanwhile, the fresh snowfall in Srinagar also delayed several morning flights at the Srinagar International Airport due to low visibility.
Director Srinagar Airport Kuldeep Singh said that since early morning all flights were delayed due to poor visibility. “The flight operation started around 10: 30 now following improvement in the weather,” he said.
He said flights from Srinagar airport were delayed due to NOTAM not due to bad weather.
“So far no flight has been cancelled due to weather. All flights scheduled for today have been delayed,” he added.
With fresh snowfall and rain in some parts, the traffic movement was also halted on Srinagar-Jammu highway today morning, while several border roads already remain closed.
An official said that the traffic movement remained disrupted for three hours and 20 minutes due to shooting stones at Panthyal.
“Subject to fair weather and road clearance, LMVs Passenger/Private Cars shall be allowed from both sides on Jammu-Srinagar NHW viz Jammu towards Srinagar and vice-versa tomorrow. TCU Jammu/Srinagar shall liaise with TCU Ramban before releasing the traffic,” officials said.
He said that Sonamarg-Leh, Mughal and Gurez roads are already closed due to accumulation of snowfall.