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Intermittent snowfall in Kashmir, flight operations hit at Srinagar airport

Press Trust of India  |  Srinagar 

Intermittent snowfall continued in for the second consecutive day Saturday, leading to disruption in flight operations at the airport, officials said.

However, the Srinagar-Jammu national highway the only all-road-link connecting Valley with the rest of the country was through for traffic.

Intermittent snowfall continued in most parts of for the second day, an of the here said.

He said while the plains, including the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, experienced light snowfall, most of the higher reaches of the state received moderate snowfall.

The snowfall has led to decrease in visibility, resulting in disruption of flight operations at the airport.

"The air traffic to and fro has been hit because of the low visibility due to continuous snowfall," an at the airport said.

He said so far three flights were cancelled while a few others were delayed.

However, the Srinagar-Jammu national highway was open for one-way traffic, an at the Traffic Control Room here said.

The has said there is a possibility of light rain and snow in many places, with heavy falls at isolated places, in the state on Saturday. It said the is likely to improve on Sunday.

Meanwhile, the minimum temperature at Srinagar settled at minus 0.8 degrees Celsius last night slightly up from the previous night's low of minus 1 degree Celsius, the official of the said.

He said Qazigund the gateway town to the valley in south Kashmir also recorded a low of minus 0.8 degree Celsius, while the nearby Kokernag town registered a low of minus 2.4 degrees Celsius last night.

The mercury in Kupwara town in north Kashmir settled at a low of 0.2 degree Celsius, the official said, adding Kupwara was the only place in Kashmir where the night temperature settled above the freezing point.

Gulmarg ski-resort in north Kashmir recorded a low of minus 6.0 degrees Celsius last night, while Pahalgam tourist resort registered a low of minus 4.5 degrees Celsius.

The official said Leh recorded a low of minus 11.9 degrees Celsius last night, while the mercury in Drass settled at a low of minus 10.3 degrees Celsius and Kargil experienced the minimum of minus 16.8 degrees Celsius.

Kargil was the coldest recorded place in

Kashmir is currently under the grip of 'Chillai-Kalan' the 40-day harshest period of winter when the chances of snowfall are most frequent and maximum and the temperature drops considerably.

'Chillai-Kalan' ends on January 31, but the cold wave continues even after that in Kashmir. The 40-day period is followed by a 20-day long 'Chillai-Khurd' (small cold) and a 10-day long 'Chillai-Bachha' (baby cold).

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First Published: Sat, January 12 2019. 11:45 IST