Weatherman predicts more snowfall

SRINAGAR: Light snowfall will continue for the next 24 hours and from Thursday onwards till Saturday morning, weather might improve in the valley, metrological department director Sonum Lotus said.
Lotus told Kashmir Reader that from January 22 to 25 there would be heavy to moderate snowfall in the valley again.
“Residents living close to avalanche prone areas are advised to stay indoors,” Lotus said and added that the valley recorded minus 1.9 degrees Celsius, one degree higher than Monday.
Since Tuesday morning, the valley received another instalment of light snow fall that continued throughout the day. The second snowfall in the month threw life out of gear and forced authorities to close the 300-km-long Srinagar-Jammu highway for the second consecutive day.
Due to the inclement weather conditions all examinations of Kashmir University scheduled for January 18, 19 stands cancelled and next dates would be announced once the weather shows improvement.
Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir Public Service Commission said that it would announce fresh dates for the candidates from Kashmir who are not able to reach Jammu to appear in scheduled interviews.
“We are aware that Srinagar-Jammu highway is closed and air traffic is disrupted at Srinagar Airport due to bad weather conditions. We urge candidates to not worry as we will announce fresh dates for them,” Chairman PSC Latief-u-Zaman Deva told a newspaper.
Director Srinagar International Airport Sharat Kumar told Kashmir Reader that only one flight took off while 29 others were cancelled on Tuesday.
“On Wednesday we are hopeful that some flights may take off,” Kumar said.
South Kashmir districts were badly hit by the snowfall. The snow disconnected vital routes from its district headquarters. The electricity supply remained partially suspended.
“I had to abandon my car in the middle of road while travelling from Mattan to Bijbehara to see my in laws as the car couldn’t move due to snow on main road leading to the highway. I along with my wife preferred to cover the distance on foot as there was no chance of getting my car going due to heavy snowfall,” said a commuter, Bodha Majid.
Deputy Commissioner Anantnag Syed Abid Shah told Kashmir Reader that 14 machines and 500 personnel have been deployed in Anantnag to clear snow off inter-district routes.