After fresh snowfall, air, road connectivity to Kashmir snapped

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Srinagar: A fresh spell of snowfall on Saturday affected both air and surface link connecting Kashmir Valley with the rest of the world.

The morning flights were delayed at the Srinagar airport after fresh spell of snow in parts of Kashmir valley.

Divisional Commissioner Kashmir P K Pole while speaking to the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) said that due to snow no flight operations have taken place at Srinagar Airport today.

The Srinagar-Jammu Highway also remained cut-off due to the fresh snowfall in the valley.

Earlier in the day, traffic was allowed on Srinagar Jammu Highway from Jammu towards Srinagar, but due to continuous snowfall at both sides of Jawhar Tunnel traffic was suspended on the highway, officials said.

ADGP Traffic T.Namgyal while speaking to KNO, the traffic was suspended on the Highway in view of continuous snowfall.

“No vehicle was allowed to move on the highway today after the intensity of snowfall increased,” Namgyal said.

“The Traffic will remain also suspended on 24 January as well,” he told KNO.

Fresh communiqué by Traffic Police for 24-01-2020 read, “No vehicular movement shall be allowed on Jammu-Srinagar NHW from either side in view of shooting stones/mudslides at several places on NHW, snow accumulation around the Jawahar Tunnel and inclement weather prediction issued by MeT department.”

Mughal Road continues to remain closed due to heavy snow accumulation.

Kashmir Valley’s tourist destinations Gulmarg, Pahalgam and Sonemarg also received fresh snowfall.

Meanwhile with the fresh snowfall life has badly got affected in Srinagar where many roads saw the accumulation of snow and slippery conditions of roads.

Massive traffic jams across the city were also witnessed today and it took hours for people to reach their destinations.

Earlier Divisional Administration Kashmir had directed all the officers to stay alert and keep the men and machinery ready to tackle any post snowfall situation in the valley.

Pertinently, the weatherman had predicted another spell of snow across J&K from January 22 evening to January 24(KNO)

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