As of Thursday, February 7, poor visibility and heavy snowfall have prompted airport authorities at Srinagar International Airport (SXR) to suspend all flights operations until further notice. The Jammu-Srinagar highway also remains closed for the second consecutive day, due to landslides on the Ramsoo-Ramban area. Further disruptions are possible in the coming hours and days.
The winter season spans from November to mid March in Jammu & Kashmir state. Temperatures in the capital Srinagar, usually fall far below 0°C (32°F) and maximum temperatures usually remain below 10°C (50°F). During the winter season, heavy snowfalls often lead to significant transportation disruptions with roads and highways unpassable. In January, the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway was closed for a few days due to heavy rainfall and snowfall, leaving hundreds of vehicles stranded.
Individuals in Jammu & Kashmir capital city are advised to monitor local weather forecasts, prepare for lingering transportation disruptions, and confirm flight reservations. As a reminder, individuals present in Kashmir are advised to exercise caution while driving, monitor developments to the situation, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments. Some Western governments advise their citizens against travel to parts of Kashmir, notably including areas along the Line of Control (LoC), due to the significant risk of violence.
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