Flights cancelled for fourth straight day

MeT predicts wet spell

Srinagar: Kashmir remained disconnected aerially for the fourth consecutive day because of low visibility triggered by dense fog.
Director Srinagar Airport Santosh Dhoke told Kashmir Reader that all the 26 flights to and from Srinagar Airport were cancelled due to low visibility.
“Today we had a visibility of 100-200 meters, the lowest in the last three days. Against the required minimum of 100 meters visibility, we had 600, and then 500 meters,” he said.
He said that they cannot say anything about resumption of flight operations until the foggy conditions are over.
Hundreds of travellers are stranded for the last four days when the flight operations at Srinagar Airport got disrupted. This has increased rush on Srinagar-Jammu highway which connects Kashmir to rest of the world.
Meanwhile, the weather department has predicted that weather conditions are expected to improve in the region from today.
Deputy Director Metrological Department Mukhtar Ahmad said that the fog will start to vanish from today. He forecasted another spell of snow and rains from Wednesday which will plummet mercury further.
Mukhtar said the fog had engulfed the Valley due to heavy snowfall of early November. He said snow capped mountains have provided one of the conditions required for fog to blanket the air.
Freezing temperatures coupled with fog prompted the authorities to shut down schools.
Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan ordered the closure on Monday in view of the adverse weather conditions.
On Monday, an official of Met department said Srinagar recorded minus 2.9 during the night, while 4 degree Celsius during the day. At Leh, the night temperature was minus 14.9, while the day was minus 1.4, slightly better than last days.
Officials said improvement in temperature had led to resumption of one way traffic on Zojila highway which was closed due to an avalanche on Monday morning.

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