Due to severe weather and moderate to heavy snowfall over the Valley on Monday, all flights to and from Kashmir were grounded, according to officials.
All 68 planes that were planned to depart from the Srinagar airport were canceled as a result of the constant snowfall, which decreased visibility to under 500 meters. In many locations, the snowfall, which started late on Sunday night, was still going on.
The Srinagar-Jammu national highway was closed and the Kashmir valley was cut off from the outside world because of the heavy snowfall that occurred on Monday morning. Train service on the Baramulla-Banihal rail line was also suspended due to poor weather. Additionally, all flights to and from Srinagar airport were canceled.
Meteorological (MeT) department said
“Adverse weather is likely to continue during the next 12 hours,” a representative of the Meteorological (MeT) department said, noting that things would start to get better from Monday evening. “Moderate to heavy snowfall occurred in the Valley, and rain lashed Jammu division since the early hours of Monday morning.
- Up till Monday morning, Srinagar city saw five inches of snowfall, while higher elevations like Gulmarg, Pahalgam, Sonamarg, and others saw over 1-3 feet of new snowfall.
At the international airport in Srinagar, poor visibility had an impact on flight operations. In the early morning hours, no flight could land or take off from the airport due to snowfall and poor visibility. In addition, the Ramban-Banihal section of the Jammu-Srinagar highway had to be stopped at a number of locations because of mudslides and shooting stones, according to officials on Monday.
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The principal transportation link that connects Kashmir with the rest of the nation and provides the Kashmir valley with its only means of survival is the highway.
The route is used by trucks headed for Kashmir that are transporting necessary supplies and other vehicles, as well as trucks carrying fruit from Kashmir’s head to the rest of the nation. The minimum temperature today was -0.2°C in Srinagar, -1.4°C in Pahalgam, and -4.6°C in Gulmarg.
The minimum temperatures in the Ladakh region were -6.8°C in Kargil and -0.6°C in Leh, while in Jammu they were 10.4°C in Katra, 1.2°C in Batote, 0.2°C in Banihal, and -0.6°C in Bhaderwah.
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