Heavy snow­fall spreads across Kash­mir

Fresh snow­fall af­fects life in Val­ley and dis­rupts air and road traf­fic

The Gulf Today - - ASIA -

SRINAGAR: Fresh snow­fall across the Kash­mir Val­ley on Satur­day DIS­RUPTED AIR TRAFIC AT THE SRINAGAR air­port while the Srinagar-jammu high­way was closed for ve­hic­u­lar move­ment.

THE WEATHER OFICE HAS FORE­CAST AN im­prove­ment from Sun­day af­ter­noon.

OFI­CIALS AT SRINAGAR IN­TER­NA­TIONAL Air­port said due to poor vis­i­bil­ity and CON­TIN­U­ING SNOW­FALL, MORN­ING LIGHTS to and from the air­port were can­celled WHILE ALL AF­TER­NOON LIGHTS ARE DE­LAYED due to in­clement weather.

TRAFIC DEPART­MENT OFI­CIALS SAID IT has been snow­ing heav­ily in Ban­ni­hal sec­tor of the Srinagar-jammu high­way and keep­ing the safety of trav­ellers in MIND, TRAFIC ON THE HIGH­WAY HAS BEEN halted.

Mean­while, pop­u­lar tourist des­ti­na­tions Shimla, Manali and Dal­housie re­ceived an­other spell of overnight snow­fall on Sun­day, which snapped in­ter­nal road links in some ar­eas of Himachal Pradesh but tourists made merry by hurl­ing snow­balls at one an­other.

Hote­liers cheered in the hope that more tourists will come in large num­bers in the com­ing days even as the Met OfICE FORE­CAST DRY WEATHER FROM MON­DAY.

Tourist spots near Shimla, such as Kufri, Chail, Fagu and Narkanda also ex­pe­ri­enced mild snow­fall, mak­ing the hill sta­tions even more pic­turesque.

Like­wise, Manali and its up­hill Solang ski slopes and Kalpa, 250 km from the state cap­i­tal, saw snow­fall.

Dal­housie in Chamba dis­trict saw 30 cm of snow, state’s high­est.

ME­TE­O­RO­LOG­I­CAL OFICE DI­REC­TOR MAN­MO­HAN Singh said that snow­fall oc­curred in Shimla, Kullu, Kin­naur, La­haul-spiti and Chamba dis­tricts.

“The higher reaches have ex­pe­ri­enced mod­er­ate to heavy snow­fall, while lower hills were lashed with rain,” he said.

The min­i­mum tem­per­a­ture in Shimla was recorded at 0.2 de­gree cel­sius, whereas Key­long in La­haul-spiti dis­trict was the cold­est place in the state at mi­nus 11 de­gree. Shimla and Key­long saw 3.5 cm and nine cm of snow, re­spec­tively.

It was 2.2 de­grees Cel­sius in Dharam­sala, mi­nus 4.8 de­gree Cel­sius in Kalpa and mi­nus 1.6 de­gree Cel­sius in Manali.

Tourists in Shimla, known for the im­pe­rial grandeur of its build­ings that were once in­sti­tu­tions of power when the town served as the sum­mer cap­i­tal of British In­dia, were seen mak­ing merry by hurl­ing snow­balls at one an­other.

“FOR THE IRST TIME WE HAVE SEEN snow­fall,” said Ni­tika Sodhi, a tourist from Chandigarh, who was in Shimla along with her friends.

Agence France-presse

A Kash­miri boat­man clears snow from boats in Dal Lake after a fresh snow­fall in Srinagar on Fri­day.

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