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Fresh snowfall in Kashmir throws life out of gear, flights disrupted

Snow-covered houseboats on the Dal Lake in Srinagar on Sunday.

Snow-covered houseboats on the Dal Lake in Srinagar on Sunday.  

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Srinagar city received 2 cm of snow, while tourist resort of Pahalgam recorded 9 cm; more snow forecast for Monday

Fresh snowfall in Kashmir threw life out of gear in the valley on Sunday and disrupted flight operations at the airport here, officials said.

Most parts of the Valley received moderate to heavy snowfall on Sunday which continued during the day.

According to a Met official, while the plains received light to moderate snowfall, the higher reaches of the Valley and Jammu and Ladakh regions experienced heavy snowfall.

Srinagar city recorded two centimetres of snow till 8:30 a.m., while Pahalgam tourist resort in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district recorded 9 cm, he said.

The ski-resort of Gulmarg in Baramulla district of north Kashmir recorded 8 cm of fresh snow, while Kupwara, also in the north, received 25 cm, the official added.

Snowfall in Ladakh too

There are reports of heavy snowfall in most parts in the higher reaches of the Valley and some parts of Ladakh Union territory, he said.

The Met Office has forecast widespread snowfall across the Valley till Monday.

The snowfall affected flight operations at Srinagar airport as no flight was able to land till about noon.

Private airlines Indigo cancelled all flights to and from Srinagar for the day, the official said. He, however, said if there was improvement in the weather, the air traffic would most likely resume.

Meanwhile, the minimum temperature across Jammu region rose by several degrees to settle above season’s average due to overcast conditions. Jammu recorded a low of 9.3 degrees on Sunday, up by 5.4 degrees from the previous night’s 3.9 degrees.

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