The fresh snowfall in the Valley ended the smoggy weather conditions that continued from past one week while as the poor visibility has suspended the flight operations for the seventh straight day on Friday.According to the wire service—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), the Valley received light rainfall since Thursday afternoon, while as in the intervening night of Thursday-Friday, Kashmir received fresh snowfall.Deputy Director Meteorological (MeT) department, Dr. Mukhtar Ahmad said that the north Kashmir would continue to receive snowfall till Friday evening while as South and central Kashmir districts will also receive rainfall or snowfall till late Friday evening.He added that on Saturday, the higher reaches as per the prediction would likely receive snowfall while as plains will see improvement in the weather conditions from Saturday.“The weather in Kashmir parts especially in plains will remain partly cloudy besides occasional sunshine on Saturday,” Ahmad said, adding that the night temperature has increased by almost three degree Celsius.He added that night temperature will increase further on Saturday following which it will start plummeting considerably.
The fresh snowfall however has triggered skipper conditions of the roads here while as the roads got inundated soon after the snow started melting, causing hardships to the commuters as well as pedestrians.Director Airport Authority of India (AAI), Srinagar, Santosh Dhoke told KNO all the flights at Srinagar Airport remained suspended for the seventh straight day. “All the 25 flights scheduled to and from Srinagar Airport were cancelled today in view of poor visibility,” Dhoke said.He added that the flight operations will resume only after the weather conditions will improve. Moreover, the Srinagar-Jammu highway, the only road connecting Valley with rest of the States remained closed today following landslides in Panthal area along the highway.The officials said that highway was closed for the vehicular movement soon after the fresh snowfall triggered landslides along highway at Panthal area, adding that stranded vehicles will be allowed to ply once the roads will be cleared. The highway witnessed frequent closure due to the landslides from past one week.The Srinagar-Leh highway and the historic Mughal road continued to remain closed due to the fresh snowfall, officials said. (KNO)