Landslides after heavy rain and snowfall in Ramban, Banihal and other parts of the northern states forced the closure of Jammu and Srinagar highway. The metrological department has issued warning for rain and snowfall for next three days. Mughal Road, connecting Jammu region's Rajouri district with Kashmir's Shopian, also remained closed for the fifth day on Saturday.
The Border Road Organisation has been pressed into clearing the highway, an official told PTI on Friday.
The closure of the highway has cut off Kashmir from the rest of the country as the bad weather has also affected the aerial connectivity of the region.
An official of the airport said the flight which lands at the airport at 9 am was cancelled due to poor visibility because of the snowfall. "So far, no air traffic has been possible at the Srinagar airport," he said.
He said the decision to operate other flights will be taken by the airliners and the air traffic control if there is any improvement in the conditions.
The snowfall, which began in the late afternoon on Friday, continued in most parts of the valley this morning, met officials said, adding it is one of the heaviest snowfalls in the recent years in the plains of Kashmir.
Srinagar recorded 10 inches of snowfall till 8:30 in the morning and the famous ski-resort of Gulmarg in north Kashmir recorded two feet of fresh snow. While Qazigund recorded 11 inches, Kokernag three inches, Pahalgam 16 inches and Kupwara 17 inches of snow, the officials said.
The higher reaches of the valley received heavy snowfall which has led to closure of Srinagar-Jammu National Highway and other road links, a spokesman of the Traffic Control Room here said.
The snowfall has also disrupted normal life and affected the movement of people and transport in Srinagar city and other districts of the valley.
However, road clearance operations have been undertaken by the respective district administrations across the valley since the morning.
Most areas of have valley have been without electricity since last night, the officials said.
Owing to the snowfall, the night temperature in the valley rose last night providing relief to the residents from the intense cold conditions.
The mercury in Srinagar city, which had recorded a low of minus 3.2 degrees Celsius on the previous night, settled at a low of minus 1.3 degrees Celsius Friday night.
(With inputs from agencies)