1st snowfall of season in Srinagar

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 11/4/2018 8:01:20 PM

SRINAGAR, Nov 3: The plain areas of Kashmir including Srinagar received the first snowfall of the season today. Upper reaches continued to receive heavy snowfall for the second consecutive day today.
Due to the snowfall, normal life and power supply was disrupted in most areas. Entire valley has come under the grip of intense cold wave.
A spokesman of Met said reports of snowfall were received from both upper reaches and plain areas.
A spokesman of the department said, "Snowfall occured in Kashmir’s capital Srinagar and other district headquarters including Zojila Pass, Drass, Kargil, Sonamarg, Pahalgam and Gulmarg. However, snow started after a heavy rainfall in Srinagar from noon.
Because of the snowfall there was disruption in power supply in most areas. The vehicular traffic movement became difficult due to slippery roads. The shops and others business establishments closed much ahead of the scheduled time.
The Jammu-Srinagar highway reopened for traffic on Saturday after remaining closed for several hours due to landslides.
Traffic police officials said the highway re-opened after remaining closed due to landslides in Digdol and Ramsoo areas.
The 434-km Srinagar-Leh highway remained closed for third consecutive day on Saturday due to heavy snowfall at Zojilla pass.
An official said that 1.5 feet snow has accumulated in tourist resort of Sonamarg while three feet snow accumulated at Zojila Pass.
Reports said that a large number of vehicles, including those carrying passengers, were stranded on both sides of the Zojila pass.
Reports said that the upper reaches of the Valley including Keran, Karnah, Gurez, Machil, Tanghdar, Uri, Gulmarg, Yousmarg, Pahalgam, Sonarmarg witnessed heavy snowfall.
Many of the inter-district roads in the Valley are disconnected and there has also been breakdown of electricity with north Kashmir being the worst hit.
An airport official said in the late afternoon hours that some of the flights were cancelled due to snowfall.



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