Kashmir Valley remained shut on Wednesday. This time it was not separatist strike call, but snow fury, coupled with the collapse of civil administration that forced most people to stay indoors.
The fresh night-long snowfall had more than six inches of snow accumulated in Srinagar in the morning. Most arterial roads remained under snow all day.
"I left my car at home only. I had to walk more than two kilometres to reach the bus stop. There was no public transport available," said banker Sajad Ahmad, a resident of Bagh-e-Mehtab.
Most shops, private offices and business centres remained closed. The inundated colonies and submerged main roads of the city also forced people to stay indoors. Traffic was very thin, with streets submerged in snow.
While the Srinagar-Jammu highway remained closed for second consecutive day on Wednesday, airport authorities were mulling the option of allowing a few flights in the afternoon as weather showed signs of improvement with sunny afternoon.
Amid rage among people over absent administration, absolute inertia and failure to restore basic services like electricity and mobile services, the top government officials, who were stationed at winter capital Jammu, flew to Srinagar.
The internet and mobile services also improved in the afternoon.
Poor attendance of staff and poor access roads affected all the patients approaching hospitals in the Valley. Patients coming from far flung areas also complained of poor connectivity.
Meanwhile, after assessing the ground situation, the administration has decided to close schools till March 15.
"Schools, up to higher secondary level, will remain closed till March 15, and will open on March 17," director school education Mir Tariq told the reporters.
Kashmir University has also cancelled all examination scheduled till March 13.
Srinagar is predicted to have warm temperature on Thursday as maximum may stay around 12° Celsius. "The minimum will stay below zero and around -1° Celsius," said the spokesperson.
Srinagar received 58.3 mm equivalent of rain in the past 24 hours.
Authorities have come up with a control room in the office of the Srinagar deputy commissioner.
"People are informed that for any assistance and urgency, they could contact the control room on phone numbers: 0194-2452182, 9419037336, and 9419085495," said a government spokesperson.