The minimum temperature in Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, settled at minus 3.4 degrees Celsius – half-a-degree down from the previous night, the officials said.
The Pakistan government had reportedly warned tourists to avoid visiting the Murree in anticipation of heavy snowfall.
"Due to continuous snowfall and low visibility, no flight operations have taken place at the Srinagar airport so far this morning," they said.
The Meteorological Department had predicted a wet spell for Uttarakhand till January 9.
The train service between the 136-km Banihal-Baramulla Section was also suspended due to the inclement weather conditions, the officials said.
The authorities have issued an avalanche alert for snowbound hilly areas of Kashmir.
The suspension of air traffic has resulted in hundreds of tourists getting stranded in the valley. Officials in the Tourism Department said a good number of tourists had arrived in Kashmir for celebrating New Year and were planning to return home now.
Lahaul-Spiti police issued an advisory asking people to avoid travel in the high risk snow-bound area in next 24 hours.
Kashmir: The authorities at Srinagar International Airport have cancelled 34 flights on Tuesday. Former J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah also lamented about unavailability of proper landing aids at the Srinagar International Airport runway.
While higher reaches of the valley have been witnessing intermittent snowfall since Monday, Srinagar -- the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir – received the first snowfall of the year, they said.
Over 91,000 children braved tough weather and terrain to get Covid-19 vaccines after the government rolled out shots for 15-18 age group.
Also, a widespread spell of snow or rain of moderate to heavy intensity is most likely during January 4 to 6 with the main activity on January 5 to 6. Heavy snow is expected at some places during the period as well, it said.
Barring Gulmarg, the famous skiing resort in north Kashmir, the minimum temperature at all other weather stations in the Kashmir valley went down on Wednesday night, the officials said.
In Shimla, the Ridge and Mall road saw the tourists rushing from their hotels to experience the snow charm though a white Christmas had eluded them ,24 hours back.
Among those stuck were around 250 people from different districts of West Bengal, including Kolkata, officials said
The last time it snowed in Shimla on Christmas Day was in 2016, that too after a gap of two decades, though some years between 2014 to 2018 did see a small spell of pre-Christmas snowfall.
The officials said owing to the cloud cover, the minimum temperature across Kashmir, except Gulmarg and Pahalgam, settled above the freezing point on Thursday night.
Srinagar recorded a low of minus 1.8 degrees Celsius on Tuesday night, a degree up from the previous night. The IMD has forecast three days of snowfall and rain from Sunday.
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