Air traffic, highway open; more precipitation likely
SRINAGAR: The weather is likely to remain partly dry with scattered precipitation for the upcoming week after the major snowfall Kashmir received on Friday.
The snow is likely to bring some respite from unbeatable chill in the valley.
According to the weatherman, the weather forecast for Sunday is a mix of rain and snow across the valley. It will remain dry on Monday and Thursday, while there will be rain and snowfall for the rest of the days.
On Friday afternoon, the valley received snowfall of varying measurements. Till Saturday, snowfall was highest at Gulmarg, which received 2 feet of snow. Srinagar city received close to 10 inches till Saturday morning (8.30am).
Air traffic remained suspended for 24 hours but was resumed on Saturday afternoon. Three flights were received and went back, while two others took off that had remained at the airport due to suspension of air traffic, an airport official said.
“The status of Sunday will be checked after the weather assessment,” he added.
He said all scheduled flights may not be able to operate due to the bad weather, but conditions could be better than on previous days.
The Srinagar-Jammu highway was also reopened on Saturday. An official said that all vehicles plying from Srinagar to Jammu were allowed for traffic, while those coming from Jammu to Srinagar will be allowed on Sunday at 5 am. Mughal Road, which connects Kashmir with Poonch and Jammu, has been closed till April, he added.
Power supply in the valley, which had been temporarily disrupted, has also been restored.
Life by and large has been affected by the snowfall. Business establishments mostly remained closed. By the end of the day, however, all main roads were cleared of the accumulated snow by the government, a move hailed by the Regal Chowk Traders Association.
Kashmir, these days, has been going through chillai kallan, the winter period of harshest cold. Lasting for 40 days from the third week of December, chillai kallan has seen a drop this year in day temperatures, which went to minus 7.7 degrees Celsius, the lowest in three decades. However the snowfall has brought a change in temperature levels, which are expected to increase in the coming days, relieving people from the intense cold.