Srinagar, Dec 9:
No flights could operate from Srinagar airport for the third consecutive day
due to poor visibility.
Meteorological (Met) Department has warned that foggy conditions will continue
for the next 48-hours.
be a slight improvement in the foggy weather on Tuesday, and then the weather
will improve from Wednesday,” said Sonam Lotus, Director, Met Department,
He said for the
last ten days Kashmir has mostly seen dry weather with a slow wind speed,
resulting in foggy conditions.
Lotus said there
will be a significant improvement in the foggy conditions from Tuesday.
improvement (in visibility) is expected from Tuesday onwards,” he told The
The valley, he
said, will witness light rains on December 11.
heavy snowfall is predicted between the intervening night of 12 and 13
December,” said Lotus.
temperature, calm winds (1 to 2 km per hour), more than 75% humidity, and
suspended dust particles in the atmosphere are the reasons for such dense fog,”
Lotus said that
similar foggy conditions occurred back in November months of 2015 and 2016.
Department has predicated snowfall in Kashmir from December 12 and 13 due to a
fresh western disturbance.
According to a
government advisory, an active western disturbance is most likely to affect the
Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh and adjoining areas from
December to 10-14, 2019.
influence of this weather system, widespread moderate rain/snow is expected at
a few places of Kashmir on December 10, thereafter increase in intensity and
distribution will happen.”
advisory says the system is likely to cause heavy rain/snow mainly in Pirpanjal
range of Jammu division (from Baderwah to Banihal), upper reaches of Kashmir
(Gulmarg, Sonmarg, Baramulla and Kupwara, and Drass subdivision of Ladakh Union
lead to disruption of surface and air transport including Jammu-Srinagar
national highway. Srinagar-Leh National highway (Zojilla pass), Leh-Manali
Highway, Mughal road and Sadhana pass and there would be a further dip in
There has been a
significant drop in temperature due to prevailing cold wave conditions in
temperature in Srinagar was recorded at minus 2.6 degrees and minus 4.2 degrees
in the ski resort Gulmarg.