Kashmir valley is all set to receive moderate rainfall in plains and light snowfall in upper reaches during the intervening night of February 19-20, according to Metrological Department.
The wet conditions are expected to remain for 36hours.
The month of February until now has received a rainfall of 20mm against the expected of 70mm rainfall as per stats of weather department. “The condition is not alarming as we still have 10 days to go,” says Director Metrology Sonam Lotus.
The winter in Kashmir mostly went dry this season raising concerns among orchardists and farmers of ‘water scarcity’ during peak season and inadequate ‘chilling season’ necessary for production.
The records show that 1986 winter also was dry with no amount of rainfall.
Experts attribute this ‘dry phenomena’ to weak western disturbance, growing urbanization, scant forest cover and various other factors.