MeT Predicts Heavy Snowfall

SRINAGAR: The heavy snowfall paralyzed normal life in Kashmir on Monday with the majority of the areas remaining cut off from the district headquarters.

A view of Lal Chowk during the snowfall on Monday, January 4, 2020. KL Image by Bilal Bahadur

An official of the MET department said widespread moderate to heavy snowfall with isolated very heavy snowfall most likely to continue till January 6 forenoon with peak activity during January 4 (night) to January 5 afternoon in both Jammu and Kashmir regions.

He forecasted significant improvement in weather most likely from January 6 onwards.

The Srinagar-Jammu Highway remained closed due to snow and slippery conditions for the second consecutive day.

Srinagar, the summer capital of the state recorded minus 0.9 degrees Celsius while the mercury in Qazigund in south Kashmir settled at a low of minus 0.3 degrees Celsius.

Gulmarg, the famous skiing resort in north Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 5.0 degrees Celsius.

The night temperature in Pahalgam – the famous health resort which also serves as one of the base camps for the annual Amarnath Yatra – settled at a low of minus 6.7 degrees.

Kokernag town recorded a low of minus 1.4 degrees Celsius while Kupwara town in north Kashmir registered a low of minus 0.3 degrees Celsius last night.

Jammu recorded a low of 12.2, Katra 9.4, Batote 0.5, Bannihal recorded 0.0 and Bhaderwah recorded minus 0.5 degrees Celsius.

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