Weatherman Predicts Fresh Spell Of Snowfall In Kashmir

SRINAGAR: The meteorological department has predicted another spell of light to moderate snowfall from December 26 evening.

Director, meteorological department of J&K and Ladakh, Sonam Lotus said as expected, light to moderate snow (over higher reaches) occured at isolated places of Kashmir and Ladakh, including Leh city (8cm).

“There’s no forecast of any major/significant snow/rainfall till December 26,” he said.

“Another snow spell  is Likely during December 26 (Evening) – December 28 (F/N). Due to this, Light  Snowfall ( upto 1 Inches) in plains of Kashmir, moderate ( 5-6 inches) over higher reaches of J&K, Zojila-Minamarg axis, and light snowfall at scattered places of Ladakh, especially Kargil-Zanskar area and light  rain  is likely at scattered places of Jammu region during above period, especially on December 27,” said Lotus in a statement.

“There’s NO forecast of any major snowfall till ending December. However, heavy snowfall Upto 1Ft  can’t be ruled out at Isolated places over Higher reaches of J&K,” he said.

An official from meteorological department said that Srinagar, the summer capital of JK recorded a low of 2.4 against last night’s 2.6°C and had rainfall of 1.3mm in the last 24 hours till 8:30 am today.

“As expected, light to moderate snow, over higher reaches, occurred at a few places of Kashmir and Sonmarg-Drass axis. There’s no forest of any major/significant snow/rainfall till December 26,” he said.

“A western disturbance of greater intensity is likely during 26 evening to 28 December. Due to this, Light to moderate snowfall (2-3Inches) in plains of Kashmir, moderate over higher reaches of JK at isolated places over higher reaches of JK, Zojila-Minamarg axis, and light snowfall at scattered places of Ladakh, especially Kargil-Zanskar area and light to moderate rain with thunderstorm is likely during the above period,” he added.

Kashmir is presently under the grip of a 40-day long harshest period of winter, known locally as ‘Chillai Kalan, which started on December 21.

The mercury in the world-famous resort of Gulmarg in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district settled at minus 5.1°C against minus 3.7°C on the previous night, the official said. It was 0.7°C above normal for the famous resort which recorded 3.3cms of fresh snowfall.

Qazigund, the gateway town of Kashmir, had a low of 1.2°C against 0.8°C on the previous night, he said.

Pahalgam, the famous resort in south Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 1.3°C against 0.3°C on the previous night and had a snowfall of 0.4 cm.

Kokernag, also in south Kashmir, recorded a low of 1.2°C against 0.7°C on the previous night, the official said. It had rainfall of 5.2mm during the time, the official added.

Kupwara town in north Kashmir recorded a minimum of 2.2°C against 2.6°C on the previous night while as it had 0.3mm of rain, the official said.

Jammu recorded a low of 8.2 degrees Celsius while Batote recorded 4.0, Banihal recorded minus 3.8, and Bhaderwah recorded 2.3 degree Celsius.

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