Normal life disrupted in across Kashmir

Srinagar: Normal life was disrupted across the held Valley of Kashmir as the major roads as well as the air traffic remained suspended for the second consecutive day here while as the electricity was snapped in most of the areas due to falling of transmission lines and electric poles in both rural and urban areas. The heavy snowfall begin in the Valley including Srinagar, the summer capital of the State on Friday afternoon while as several inches of snow was seen accumulated in Kashmir. Deputy Director Meteorological department (MeT), Dr Mukhtar Ahmad informed KNS that Srinagar received over nine inches of snow today while as Gulmarg, a famous ski-resort received two feet snow. He added that in Kupwara, Pahalgam, Qazigund received snowfall of 41 cms, 40 cms and 26.1 cms respectively. Dr Mukhtar further said that the weather conditions would improve across the Valley from Sunday afternoon. “There is no forecast of any wet spell from Sunday onwards till the end of this week,” he said. However, he said that the MeT has forecasted cloudy weather in between January 08-09, saying that there is possibility of rainfall in higher reaches in between January 08-09. The MeT department had earlier forecasted major wet spell in Jammu and Kashmir including Ladakh, saying that two Western disturbances are affecting J&K in two phases from January 01-04 and January 04-06. Meanwhile, the accumulation of snow has caused inconvenience to the commuters due to the slippery conditions of the roads. The roads however were cleared till this afternoon as the Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) has pressed its men and machinery since the wee hours of this morning. Besides, the water supply has also been disrupted as the water pipes were frozen for several hours.