Srinagar, Jan 19: Roof and tree tops besides road and plain fields turned white on Saturday due to fresh snowfall in summer capital, Srinagar, where the minimum temperature recorded over a degree drop and settled at minus 2.1 degree.
It was snowing when people woke up in Srinagar and adjoining areas this morning which had turned everything white. Roof and tree tops besides electric poles, transmission lines besides roads and open fields were under a white blanket, resulting in more chill.
Vehicular traffic was disrupted due to slippery road conditions and very less number of vehicles could be seen operating in the morning as people prefered to remain indoors. However, as the day progressed and snowfall stopped, people resumed their normal activities. Majority of shops and other business establishments remained closed in the city only to reopen after 0930 hrs because of chilly conditions. Though educational institutions remained closed on account of winter vacations, students, including girls, could be seen marching towards tuition and coaching centres in Srinagar, including uptown, where dozens of such institution are functioning.
People alleged lack of transport facilities in the morning and evening in the city.We are being forced to hire three wheelers who are charging more in the absence of any public transport and inspection by administration, they alleged.
A Met department spokesman said Saturday morning that the night temperature recorded drop and settled at minus 2.1 degree against yesterdays minus 0.7 degree on Friday in Srinagar. However, minus 2.1 degree was being considered near normal in Srinagar during this period of the 40-day-long Chilai-e-Kalan, coldest period of winter which began from December 21.
He said there could be light snowfall in the city Saturday. There is also forecast for widespread rain and snow for three days from tomorrow in the Kashmir valley, he said. (UNI)