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Srinagar gets first snowfall of 2019, other areas also covered with thick blanket of snow
National Highway closed, air traffic also suspended at Srinagar airport
1/4/2019 10:28:34 PM
Jehangir Rashid

Early Times Report

SRINAGAR, Jan 4: After a gap of two months, Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu & Kashmir received a fresh spell of snowfall with the other parts of the valley also recording moderate to heavy snowfall since this morning.
In the Srinagar district the heavens opened up in the afternoon with snowflakes coming down at around 2 PM. By the time this report was filed at least four inches of snowfall had accumulated in the summer capital of the state. At the other places of the valley moderate to heavy snowfall was recorded by this evening.
It was on November 3, 2018 that Srinagar recorded the snowfall with many other parts of the valley receiving snowfall since that date on many occasions. Today's snowfall brought cheers on the faces of people of the valley since the snow during the harshest period of winter is good for the water and power supply during the summer season.
It would be in place to mention here that the Meteorological (MeT) department had predicted that Kashmir valley along with some other regions of Jammu and Ladakh would receive snowfall during the period of January 1 and 6. A spokesman of the department said that snowfall would continue in the next 24 hours with the weather likely to improve from the morning of January 7.
The department said that Srinagar recorded the maximum temperature of 3.7 degrees Celsius with the minimum temperature being recorded as minus 3.2 degrees Celsius. Qazigund recorded maximum of 3.8 degrees Celsius and low of minus 0.8 degrees Celsius, Kokernag registered minus 1.0 and maximum of 3.2 degrees Celsius, Pahalgam had minus 6.8 degrees Celsius and maximum of 0.5 degrees Celsius, Gulmarg recorded the minimum temperature of minus 10.0 degrees Celsius, Kupwara recorded a low of minus 4.6 degrees Celsius and maximum of 3.2 degrees Celsius. Traffic over the Srinagar Jammu Highway was suspended after massive snowfall at Jawahar tunnel and other areas along the stretch. The traffic was suspended due to bad weather conditions and slippery conditions of the road. Air traffic from Srinagar Airport was also suspended in the afternoon due to poor visibility.
Meanwhile, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan issued an avalanche warning for nine districts of Kashmir division in view of the inclement weather and snowfall. The warning has been issued for the avalanche-prone areas in district Anantnag, Kulgam, Budgam, Baramulla, Kupwara, Bandipora, Ganderbal, Kargil and Leh.
In the meantime, Deputy Commissioners of different districts have set up control rooms at district headquarters in order to monitor the situation in post snowfall scenario. Jammu & Kashmir has also put on alert its personnel in order to help the people who need their help in any part of valley following today's snowfall.
Tourists who are in Kashmir these days to celebrate New Year were seen very happy as soon as it started snowing at Gulmarg, Srinagar and other tourist places of the city. They were seen throwing snow balls at each other and they could not control their joy with snowflakes coming down from the heaven.
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