Dense fog disrupts flight operations at Srinagar airport

Dense fog has caused disruptions in flight operations at the Srinagar international airport and the morning traffic as the cold wave strengthens its grip on Kashmir. 

A dense fog cover engulfed most parts of Kashmir, affecting traffic in the early hours.

“The fog has delayed morning flights on Monday and Tuesday. The visibility remains poor in the early hours,” an official of the Airport Authority of India said.

The declining temperatures have dipped below freezing point, with  various areas across the valley marking their coldest nights over the last some days. 

Shopian in south Kashmir recorded a bone-chilling low of minus 3.9 degrees Celsius, while Srinagar city itself dropped to minus 1.2 degrees Celsius on Monday night, according to the Meteorological Department.

The cold spell has been widespread, with Qazigund hitting a low of minus 0.8 degrees Celsius, Gulmarg ski resort at minus 0.6 degrees Celsius, Pahalgam at minus 2.9 degrees Celsius, and Pulwama at minus 2.7 degrees Celsius. 

The temperature drop has prompted discussions about closing schools for younger students. The Private Schools Association of Kashmir has urged the administration to declare winter vacations for primary classes.

Visibility remains poor during the early hours, affecting travel and necessitating caution during this period, as mentioned by an official from the Airport Authority of India.