Heavy snowfall spreads across Kashmir
Fresh snowfall affects life in Valley and disrupts air and road traffic
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.
A Kashmiri boatman clears snow from boats in Dal Lake after a fresh snowfall in Srinagar on Friday.