Jammu & Kashmir

Snowfall in Kashmir: Srinagar-Jammu highway closed, 9 flights cancelled

Two men walk amid snowfall in Kashmir. [FPK Photo/Qayoom Khan]

MeT issues orange alert, forecasts heavy snowfall next week

Srinagar: Srinagar-Jammu highway, the only road link connecting Valley with the rest of the world, has been closed for traffic while nine flights have also got cancelled due to the inclement weather conditions in Jammu and Kashmir as snowfall and rains continued for the second straight day on Wednesday.

Officials said that the Srinagar-Jammu highway has been thrown closed for vehicular movement as a precautionary measure after shooting stones and mudslides were reported at Karol on the Jammu-Srinagar highway.

They said that the road will be cleared once the weather condition improves.

Moreover, nine flights have so far been cancelled at Srinagar airport for the second straight day due to poor visibility.

Officials informed that Indigo 137  to Delhi, Indigo 6738 to Jammu, Indigo 2015 to Delhi, Indigo 2364 to Delhi, GoFirst 358 to Delhi, Gofirst 193 to Delhi, GoFirst 267 to Delhi and Vistara 611 to Jammu got cancelled.

In the meantime, Director Srinagar Airport, Kuldeep Singh informed Kashmir News Observer that two flights from Delhi and Jammu to Srinagar were operated following the improvement in visibility.

Nonetheless, Kashmir parts continued to receive fresh snowfall and rains since January 03 evening, bringing down the temperature further across the Valley.

A local meteorological department has forecasted more rains and snow across Kashmir till January 09, saying that heavy snowfall is expected in Kashmir on January 07 and 08.

Earlier, MeT said that two successive Western Disturbances would affect JK from January 03 to January 09.


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