Flight operations disrupted at Srinagar airport after fresh snowfall

Fresh snowfall in most parts of Kashmir disrupted flight operations at the Srinagar airport, officials said on Saturday.

There was fresh snowfall in the higher reaches as well as the plains, including in the summer capital Srinagar here, on Friday night, a meteorological department official said.

He said while there was light snowfall in the plains of Kashmir, the higher reaches received moderate snow.

The snowfall led to cancellation of flights and delays at the Srinagar airport.

“Few flights have been cancelled today because of bad weather, while most others have been delayed,” an Airports Authority of India (AAI) official said.


He said there were chances of the operations normalising later in the day with some improvement in the weather.

The meteorological department has forecast widespread rain and snow over the state with heavy falls at isolated places from Saturday till Monday.

Kashmir is currently under the grip of ‘Chillai-Kalan’ — the 40-day harshest winter period — when the chances of snowfall are high and the temperature drops considerably.

‘Chillai-Kalan’ ends on January 31, but the cold wave continues even after that in Kashmir. The 40-day period is followed by a 20-day-long ‘Chillai-Khurd’ (small cold) and a 10-day-long ‘Chillai-Bachha’ (baby cold). (With inputs from PTI)

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