The air traffic to and fro Kashmir was affected for the second consecutive day on Thursday due to low visibility following heavy snowfall across the valley, officials said. No flight operations took place at the Srinagar airport here so far, the officials said. They said the visibility at the airport was about 800 metres which were less than the required visibility for the flight operations to take place.
“All flights are delayed. At least two flights have been cancelled,” the officials said.
The flight operations will commence once there is an improvement in the visibility, they added. Kashmir valley received heavy snowfall — the first heavy fall of the season in the plains — on Wednesday. The snowfall threw life out of gear and led to the disruption of flight operations. All the flights on Wednesday were cancelled as the visibility was very poor.
Meanwhile, the weatherman on Thursday forecast “moderate rain and snow at scattered places of JK” in the next 48 hours and dry weather thereafter till February end.
“As expected, rain/snow decreased significantly since last night but weather is overcast in Kashmir, cloudy in Jammu and partly to generally cloudy in Ladakh,” said a meteorological department official.
“We expect gradual improvement in the visibility as the day progresses,” he said.
The official said that Srinagar recorded a rise of 0.7 degrees Celsius in night temperature with the mercury settling at 0.7°C against last night’s 0.0°C. The temperature was below 0.2°C than the normal for this time of the year in Srinagar.
Qazigund, the gateway town of Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 0.1°C against 0.0°C on the previous night, he said.
Kokernag, also in south Kashmir, had a low of minus 0.8°C against minus 1.0°C on the previous night, the official said.
Pahalgam, the famous resort in south Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 0.8 °C against minus 0.8°C last night, he said.
Gulmarg recorded a low of minus 5.2°C, same as witnessed on the previous night, he said.
The temperature was 1.5°C above normal for this time of the year in the famous resort in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, he said.
Kupwara town in north Kashmir recorded a low of 0.2 °C against 0.1°C on the previous night, the official said.