Srinagar, Jan 16 : The summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, Srinagar, and its adjoining areas turned white following fresh snowfall on Wednesday, when the night temperature recorded about four degree improvement though the day become chilly.
A cloudy morning here was followed by snowfall when the people were resuming their normal daily activities in the city where roads have become slippery.
The Met department has issued a forecast for light snow in Srinagar with further drop in the maximum temperature today. However, there will be some improvement tomorrow followed by heavy spell of snow from January 18 to 21.
Roof, vehicle and tree tops besides open fields and roads had turned white due to fresh snowfall for the past about an hour and it was still snowing. Roads have become slippery affecting traffic movement. A large number of local and outside tourists could be seen enjoying snowfall on the bank of Dal Lake, taking photographs and selfies. Some of them were enjoying shikara ride in the Lake where frozen parts have started melting.
A Met department spokesman told UNI this morning that night temperature witnessed improvement due to overcast sky. Against yesterday's minus 5.8 degree, it was minus 2.1 degree which is normal during this period of the 40-day- Chilai Kalan, the severest period of winter which started from December 21.
Though the educational institutions remained closed due to winter vacation, hundred of students were seen going to tuition and coaching centres in the city, including uptown, where majority areas, including Azadbasti, Budshah Nagar and adjoining areas are plunged into darkness since late last night due to power failure. The residents alleged that frequent and unscheduled power cuts for longer hours has become a daily routine.
Meanwhile, very less number of passengers vehicles are available in the morning and evening from 1800 hrs in the city despite assurance by the administration that buses and other mode transport will remain available till 2200 hrs. People alleged that since there is no checking, the three-wheelers are charging exorbitant rates. (UNI)