Snow cuts off Kashmir from rest of the country, all flights cancelled

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Srinagar, Jan 8 (UNI) The moderate to heavy snowfall across Kashmir on Saturday cut off road connectivity between the Valley and the rest of the country, while the flight operations at Srinagar airport remained suspended, officials said here.

The latest snowfall, the harshest phase of winter, is the second major spell within a week.

The snowfall, mudslides and shooting stones at several places led to closure of Srinagar-Jammu national highway on Saturday. The traffic on the highway would also remain suspended on Sunday.

“Tomorrow, vehicular movement on Jammu-Srinagar NHW will remain suspended as the heavy rains and snowfall has triggered large scale shooting stones activity, landslides and slippery road conditions on the NH-44. The highway is blocked at many places,” a a traffic official said.

Two other major roads leading out of Kashmir-Srinagar-Leh highway and the Mughal road would also remain shut for traffic on Sunday.

The “snowfall and poor visibility” also led to cancellation of all the flights at the Srinagar airport.

“All 43 flights scheduled for today were cancelled. No flights operated today,” Director Srinagar Airport, Kuldeep Singh told UNI.

In the last three days, several flights arriving at and departing from Srinagar airport have faced cancellation.

The train operation from Banihal in Jammu region to Baramulla in Kashmir has also been suspended for today due to the snowfall.

The latest snowfall began on Friday evening and continued throughout the night and day. The snowfall was received in Srinagar and all major towns and tourist resorts.

Srinagar received three inches of snow, while the tourist resorts of Gulmarg and Sonamarg received four feet of snow. Srinagar recorded day temperature of 2.9 degree Celsius.

The snowfall also caused power outages in several areas of Kashmir.

The Meteorological department (MeT) has predicted improvement in weather from Sunday morning onwards.

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