New Delhi: Fresh snowfall lashed the Kashmir Valley on Saturday as air and surface links between the region and the outside world were snapped. An India Meteorological Department (IMD) official said more snow is expected during the next 24 hours till Sunday morning after which the weather would improve.
The snowfall has thrown normal life out of gear in the valley forcing people to stay indoors. No flights landed or took off from Srinagar International airport due to poor visibility.
As per media report, the Srinagar-Jammu Highway, the Mughal Road, the Srinagar-Leh Highway and mountain passes leading to Gurez and Tangdhar have been closed due to heavy snowfall. The higher reaches, including Gulmarg, Sonamarg, the Pir Panjal mountains, and Pahalgam received heavy snowfall.
The authorities moved out early to clear roads in Srinagar city although inter-district traffic between Srinagar and other districts remained suspended.
Electric supply in the urban and rural areas was disrupted because of the snowfall. Most parts of the Valley did not have electricity in the morning.
Srinagar recorded minus 1.3 degree Celsius, Pahalgam minus 2.8 and Gulmarg minus 7.3 as the minimum temperatures on Friday.
Leh town recorded minus 8 degree and Kargil minus 15.6. Jammu city had 8.6, Katra 6.4, Batote minus 1.3, Bannihal 0.3 and Bhaderwah minus 0.2 as the night’s lowest temperatures.
On Wednesday, Kashmir had received first snowfall of the new year on Wednesday, breaking a month-long dry spell in the Valley. The snowfall had brought a major respite to the residents as the minimum temperature rose by several degrees, except in Gulmarg.
Many vehicles were stranded on the road due to snowfall.