MeT Predicts Widespread Snowfall In Kashmir

SRINAGAR: The meteorological department (MeT) on Thursday predicted widespread moderate snowfall, rain in Kashmir from January 22.

Sonam Lotus, Director of Meteorological Department, said a fresh active WD is most likely to affect JK and adjoining areas from 22nd January.

“Under the influence of this system, widespread rain, snow is most likely to occur during 22nd and 23rd January,” he said, adding that the system will most likely to concentrate over Jammu Division, Pir Panjal Range and south Kashmir.

“Moderate rain in plains with snow over higher reaches (heavy rain/snow at isolated places) of Jammu division is expected during the above period,” he said.

He said that light snow over plains and moderate snow over middle and higher reaches of Kashmir division is also expected particularly over northwestern, northern and central parts of Kashmir.

“Moderate snow over pains of South Kashmir with heavy snow at isolated places over higher reaches of south Kashmir is expected during the above period,” he added.

Regarding possible impacts, he said, there may be temporarily disrupted Surface and Air Transportation on 22-23rd.

He said there could be landslides in vulnerable spots of the Srinagar-Jammu highway and other major hilly roads.

Gulmarg in north Kashmir the famous tourist place was the coldest place in the Valley where minimum temperature was minus 6.5 degrees.

Srinagar, the summer capital of the state recorded a low of 2.3 while the mercury in Qazigund in south Kashmir settled at a low of 0.2 degrees Celsius.

The night temperature in Pahalgam a famous tourist resort–settled at a low of minus 2.4 degrees.

Kokernag town recorded a low of minus 1.9 degrees Celsius while Kupwara town in north Kashmir registered a low of 1.4 degrees Celsius last night.

Jammu city recorded 10.1 degrees Celsius, Katra 7.2, Batote 1.2, Banihal recorded 0.2 and Bhaderwah recorded 1.8 degrees Celsius as the night’s lowest temperatures.

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