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Parts of J&K receive fresh snowfall; flights canceled, Highway shut

SRINAGAR: Parts of Jammu and Kashmir received fresh snowfall on Friday even as the weather department has also forecast more rain and snowfall during the next few days.

Higher reaches of Jammu and Kashmir experienced moderate to heavy snowfall, while plains received light to moderate snowfall

With fresh snowfall the night temperature slightly increased in many parts with Srinagar recording a 0.1 degrees Celsius last night, Pahalgam recorded minus 2.9 degrees Celsius, Gulmarg recorded minus 7.6 degrees Celsius, while Kupwara recorded Minus 1.5 and Jammu recorded 8.7 degree Celsius.

The weatherman has also predicted widespread light to moderate rain and snow in J&K during the next 24 hours.

Fresh snowfall in Srinagar also delayed several morning flights at the Srinagar International Airport due to low visibility.

Director Srinagar Airport Kuldeep Singh told since early morning all flights were delayed due to poor visibility. “The flights operations were started around 10: 30 now following improvement in the weather,” he said.

He said flights from Srinagar airport were delayed due to NOTAM not due to bad weather.

“So far no flight has been cancelled due to weather. All flights scheduled for today have been delayed,” he added.

With fresh snowfall and rain in some parts, traffic movement was also halted on Srinagar-Jammu highway today morning, while several border roads already remain closed.

An official said that the traffic movement has been stopped from both sides on Jammu-Srinagar national highway in view of shooting stones and snowfall between Ramban and Banihal. He said that Sonamarg-Leh, Mughal and Gurez roads are already closed due to accumulation of snowfall—(Agencies)


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