Kashmir highway shut for vehicular traffic after heavy snowfall

Kashmir highway shut for vehicular traffic after heavy snowfall
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Srinagar: Authorities on Saturday shut the Jammu-Srinagar Highway for vehicular traffic following heavy snowfall at the Jawahar Tunnel.

An official told Kashmir Reader that the fresh snowfall on both sides of the tunnel has made the road slip[pery and as such the decision to suspend traffic movement on the highway was taken.

He said the traffic would be restored in the highway after the weather improves.

Intermittent snowfall continued in most parts of Kashmir for the second day, an official of the Meteorological Department here said.

He said while the plains, including Srinagar the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, experienced light snowfall, most of the higher reaches of the state received moderate snowfall.

The snowfall has led to decrease in visibility, resulting in disruption of flight operations at the Srinagar airport.

“The air traffic to and fro Srinagar airport has also been hit because of the low visibility due to continuous snowfall,” an official at the airport said.

He said so far three flights were cancelled while a few others were delayed.

Kashmir is currently under the grip of ‘Chillai-Kalan’ the 40-day harshest period of winter when the chances of snowfall are most frequent and maximum and the temperature drops considerably.

‘Chillai-Kalan’ ends on January 31, but the cold wave continues even after that in Kashmir. The 40-day period is followed by a 20-day long ‘Chillai-Khurd’ (small cold) and a 10-day long ‘Chillai-Bachha’ (baby cold).