JAMMU: The normal life was thrown out of gear while air and rail operation remained hit on the fourth consecutive day due to dense blanket of fog gripped Jammu on Wednesday.
“The foggy weather conditions will prevail for few more days while the chilling weather conditions continue,” a MeT official said adding that the weather is expected to improve after January 15.
Sun played hide and seek but foggy and chilly conditions disrupted normal life in the winter capital by affecting road, air and rail traffic.
“Due to fog, flight operation also remained affected,” the Jammu Airport official said.
He added that no flight took off in the morning due to poor visibility.
Meanwhile a senior railway official said that the trains are arriving 3 to 4 hours late from their scheduled time as the rail operation is badly affected due to dense fog in northern parts of the country.
However, a weatherman said that snowing at Sonmarg, Gulmarg and other higher reaches of Kashmir, light rain in plains of North and Central Kashmir and cloudy and Fog in plains of Jammu.
“There will be a gradual increase in intensity and distribution of snow and rain as the day progresses with main activity towards evening and night. Some places, mainly higher reaches may receive heavy snowfall,” he said and forecast widespread light to moderate rain in plains of Jammu tomorrow and weather will be mainly dry from January 14 to 17.
In view of prevailing harsh cold conditions, the administration has extended winter vacations in schools till January 16.
Many schools are conducting online classes for primary wings.
Jammu recorded maximum temperature 11.5 degree celsius and minimum temperature 9.5 degree celsius.
People in plains of Jammu especially the roadside vendors were seen burning firewood and charcoal to protect themselves from chill while the business houses have installed warmers and electric heaters to provide respite to the visitors from the harsh weather.
Vehicles moved at snail’s pace on the road with headlights on to avoid any untoward like incident due to fog.