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Snowfall blocks road to Valley; fog hits rail, air traffic

 MPost |  2017-01-07 00:40:56.0  |  New Delhi

Snowfall blocks road to Valley; fog hits rail, air traffic

Normal life was badly hit in Jammu and Kashmir due to heavy snowfall, which cut off the Valley from rest of the country even as the weatherman issued a “medium danger” avalanche warning for parts of the state and neighbouring Himachal Pradesh.

The national capital, which witnessed a clear sky today, might receive light rains early morning. Though the visibility this morning was better than what was being recorded over the past few days, 70 trains were running late by several hours due to fog.

“Light rains or thundershowers might occur in some areas (of Delhi) tonight or early tomorrow morning,” a MeT official said.

Normal life was thrown out of gear as Jammu and Kashmir summer capital received heaviest snowfall this season.

Operations at Srinagar International Airport were suspended and all flights for the day cancelled.

Srinagar-Jammu national highway has been closed for traffic due to bad weather, virtually cutting off the Valley from rest of the country. Kashmir University postponed all examinations scheduled for tomorrow and the day after due to the snowfall in the Valley.

The MET Office has forecast widespread snowfall or rains over the next two days also.

During the last 24 hours, there has been heavy snowfall in Gulmarg, the star attraction for tourists visiting the Valley during winter, and peripheral areas including Khilanmarg, Kongdoori and Afferwath.

Bad weather conditions forced Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat to end his 3-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir on the second day.

Meanwhile, a “medium danger” avalanche warning has been issued for some districts of Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh for the next 24 hours, advising people not to venture into avalanche-prone areas.

The warning is valid for avalanche-prone areas of Baramulla, Kupwara, Bandipora, Kishtwar, Rajauri, Doda, Poonch and Riyasi districts of Jammu and Kashmir for the next 24 hours, Snow and Avalanche Study Center said.

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