January 2017 News

Kashmir Reels Under Heaviest Snowfall In 25 Years

26 January 2017
Rising Kashmir
Mir Liyaqat Ali

Srinagar: The fresh spell of snowfall in Kashmir over the past few days has broken the record of last 25 years. Meteorologists have confirmed that it is the heaviest snowfall recorded in the valley since 1992. Speaking to Rising Kashmir, Director of Meteorological department Kashmir, Sonam Lotus said: 'We had witnessed major snowfall in 1992 and 2006 but the present snowfall has broken the record of last 25 years.' Lotus predicted improvement in weather from Friday afternoon. 'There will be significant improvement in the weather condition from tomorrow afternoon. There will be almost dry weather for next four days but light snowfall and rains may occur at isolated places,' he said. Lotus said with improvement in weather the day temperature would increase while as night temperature may fall in coming days across the valley. He said most areas in the plains and upper reaches received moderate to heavy snowfall on Thursday. Meanwhile, Kashmir continued to be disconnected through air as well as surface link from rest of the world due to snowfall. The 300- kilometer Srinagar-Jammu highway has remained closed for traffic movement since Tuesday. SSP Traffic, City and Rural, Fayaz Ahmad Lone, told Rising Kashmir that highway remained closed for traffic from both sides on Thursday. 'Continuous rains and snowfall along the highway has been creating impediments in road clearance operation. Rains and heavy snowfall has triggered landslides and shooting stones at Karol, Mehar, Seeri, Battery Chashma, Digdol and other places,' he said. He said in case of fair weather, the road would be thrown open on Friday afternoon after clearance of all obstructions along the highway. 'Traffic will be allowed to ply from Jammu towards Srinagar on Friday if weather improves,' Lone said. Meanwhile, all scheduled flights were suspended at Srinagar airport on Thursday due to bad weather condition. 'All twenty to and fro scheduled flights were cancelled on Thursday due to the poor visibility and heavy snowfall in Kashmir,' officials said. They added that 60 flights were suspended at Srinagar airport in past three days. Officials said all scheduled flights would operate normally on Friday subject to improvement in the visibility and weather condition. Meanwhile, a Met official told Rising Kashmir that the winter destination of Gulmarg received 1 ft snowfall between 8:30 am to 5:30 pm on Thursday. 'Total 7 ft snow has accumulated at Gulmarg so far,' said an official. Srinagar received 2 cm snow and 7.8 mm rainfall respectively during the day. While as Pahalgam in south Kashmir received 13 cm snowfall between 8:30 am to 5: 30 pm. Kupwara in north Kashmir recorded 5 cm snowfall on Thursday and 2.5 ft snow has accumulated there. Banihal has received 37 cm snowfall during the day, while Qazigund in south Kashmir recorded 4 cm snowfall. 'Kokernag recorded mix 15 mm snowfall and rains 8:30 am to 5: 30 pm on Thursday,' the official added.