Heavy snowfall disrupts life in Kashmir
5 Dariya News
Srinagar , 06 Jan 2021
Intermittent heavy snowfall during the last 48 hours threwlife out of gear in Kashmir on Wednesday as the meteorological (MeT) department forecast improvement in weather from afternoon.Over two ft snow accumulated on the ground in plains of the valley while the higher reaches in Jammu and Kashmir received nearly four ft of snow during the last 48 hours.Srinagar-Jammu highway remained closed on Wednesday for the fourth consecutive day while no flight operation took place from Srinagar airport for the second day.Authorities are battling to restore traffic on the main roads in the valley while most of the rural areas remained cut off.Hardships for the locals are compounded by the failure of the electric supply in the rural areas while the same remained erratic in semi-urban and urban areas."There would be improvement in weather conditions from today afternoon and during the next few days, weather is likely to remain mainly dry."This will help increase the day temperatures, but night temperatures would drop significantly during this period", an official of the MeT department said.The ongoing 40-day long period of harsh winter cold known locally as the 'Chillai Kalan' will end on January 31.Srinagar recorded minus 0.9, Pahalgam minus 1.2 and Gulmarg minus 3.5 as the minimum temperatures on Wednesday.The minimum temperature recorded in Kargil was minus 11.6, and Drass had minus 8.6 as the night's lowest temperature.Jammu city had 12.1, Katra 9.2, Batote 3.2, Banihal 0.2 and Bhadarwah 2.2 as the day's lowest temperatures.