Kashmir is now under the grip of "Chillai-Kalan" - the 40-day harshest period of the winter when the chances of snowfall are the highest and the maximum and the minimum temperatures drop considerably.
It has been snowing heavily in Srinagar and other major towns of Kashmir since late last night. However, the officials said that there is possibility of light snowfall at isolated places till January 16.According to the wire service-Kashmir News Observer (KNO), the Valley parts received moderate to heavy snowfall for the second consecutive day.Srinagar areas also witnessed rainfall, thus melting the accumulated snow, causing inundation of roads, streets, lanes and bi-lanes across Srinagar.
Gulmarg ski-resort in Baramulla district of north Kashmir recorded eight centimetres of fresh snow, while Kupwara, also in the north, received 25 cm, the official added.
All flights to and from Srinagar were cancelled due to accumulation of snow on the runway, an official of the Airport authority of India said.
Reports of moderate snowfall were received across the Kashmir valley since yesterday evening while in Srinagar intermittent snowfall started on Monday morning.
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The early morning snowfall and sleet later in the day led to waterlogging of most of the roads in the Srinagar city.
Gulmarg, about 55 km from here in north Kashmir, continued to receive snow for the second successive day on Monday, resulting in further dip in the day temperature.
As per official figures, in Kupwara, the plain areas received almost two feet snow while in the upper reaches, it was around four feet. The snowfall began early on Sunday as was predicted by the Meteorological Department. Vehicles remained off the roads due to slippery conditions.
"Met office in Srinagar issued Red Color warning of heavy to very heavy snow fall occurrence in the Union Territories of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh". Another spell is expected on 17 and 18th January. Vehicles movement between Leh and Kargil is also restricted.
In Himachal Pradesh, fresh snowfall in some high reaches including Manali and light rain in a few other areas occurred in Himachal Pradesh, whereas sky remains cloudy in most parts of the state today.