Residents walk along a street during a heavy snowfall in Srinagar. Photos: Tauseef Mustafa/ AFP
Gulf Today Report
Light snowfall in Kashmir Valley and dense fog in Jammu division disrupted the air traffic on Saturday morning. The authorities meanwhile said the strategic Jammu-Srinagar highway is open for stranded vehicles only.
The weather office has forecast dry weather during the next 6 days adding that Saturday's light snowfall in Kashmir Valley would clear by mid-day.
In the past few days over two feet of snow accumulated on the ground in plains of the valley while the higher reaches in Jammu and Kashmir received nearly four feet of snow.
Authorities at the Srinagar International Airport said flight operations are rescheduled and would be resumed soon on Saturday.
Hardship for the locals is compounded by the failure of the electric supply in the rural areas while the same remained erratic in semi-urban and urban areas.
Authorities are battling to restore traffic on the main roads in the valley while most of the rural areas remained cut off.
The 40-day long period of harsh winter cold known locally as the 'Chillai Kalan' will end on January 31.
Srinagar had minus 4 degree Celsius, Pahalgam minus 5.1 and Gulmarg minus 10 as the minimum temperature on Saturday.
Leh town of Ladakh had minus 15.3, Kargil minus 15.2 and Drass minus 20.2 as the night's lowest temperature.
Jammu city had 9.5, Katra 8.2, Batote 2.4, Bannihal 0.8 and Bhaderwah 1.0 as the minimum temperature on Saturday.
Srinagar city recorded its coldest night on Thursday as the minimum temperature plummeted to minus 8.4 degrees Celsius, a record broken after 25 years.
"Another spell of light to moderate snowfall is likely to occur in J&K and Ladakh on January 4 and 5. Till then, the present cold wave will continue in both the regions," an official of the MET department said.
The fresh spell of snowfall brought cheer to winter sports lovers and tourists, despite temperatures plunging to sub-zero levels.
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