MeT Predicts Snowfall In Kashmir

SRINAGAR: The meteorological department (MeT) on Tuesday predicted light to moderate snowfall in Kashmir from next week.

Sonam Lotus, Director of Meteorological Department, said, currently, weather is fair to partly cloudy in both UTs and the same weather is likely to continue till tomorrow.

He said that due to a feeble Western Disturbance, weather is most likely to remain generally cloudy in both UTs with chances of light snowfall at scattered places of Kashmir (over higher reaches, not plains) Kargil dist(Zojila-Drass, Parkachik- Penzila) and over hilly areas of Jammu region during December 23 and 24.

“A snow spell of greater intensity is most likely during December 26 (Evening) to December 28 (Forenoon) with main activity on December 27,” he added.

“Except this, there’s no forecast of any major snow spell in both UTs in December,” said Sonam.

The night temperature rose slightly across the valley last night owing to a cloud cover, but the minimum still settled below the freezing point, the official said.

Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 2.8 degrees Celsius, slightly up from the previous night’s minus 5.8 degrees Celsius, he said.

Famous tourist destinations of Kashmir Gulmarg recorded a minimum temperature of minus 5.0 degree Celsius up from minus 5.5 degrees Celsius.

The mercury in Pahalgam tourist resort in south Kashmir settled at a low of minus 3.7 degrees Celsius – showing marginal improvement over yesterday’s minus 7.4.

Kokernag town recorded minus 3.3 degree Celsius while Kupwara town in north Kashmir registered a low of minus 3.8 degrees Celsius last night. Jammu recorded 5.6, Katra 6.0, Batote 4.3, Banihal 2.4 and Bhaderwah minus 2.6 as the minimum temperature.

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