Director MeT predicts moderate Snowfall from Saturday

Director MeT predicts moderate snowfall from Saturday
Director MeT predicts moderate snowfall from Saturday

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The Meteorological Division has stated that a wet spell was more likely to start from Friday evening and there could be a “reasonable spell of snowfall throughout Saturday and Sunday evening.” The forthcoming wet spell may cause disruption in each air and surface traffic, the MeT has warned.

Director MeT, Sonam Lotus, in the newest forecast has stated that as predicted earlier, “one other Western Disturbance of average depth is most probably to have an effect on J&K and Kargil district of Ladakh throughout January 22 (evening) to twenty fourth (evening) with primary activity on January 23-24.”

“This can trigger widespread moderate snowfall in hilly areas of Jammu, plains of Kashmir, rain in plains of Jammu and light snowfall at scattered locations of Ladakh particularly in Kargil district,” Lotus stated. He stated the depth of snowfall will “be lesser than the earlier spell as there may be little or no moisture supply from Arabian Sea.” “This will likely result in short-term disruption of surface and air transportation on January 23 and 24. Thereafter, weather is prone to stay primarily dry for subsequent 4 to 5 days,” Lotus stated.


After a day of little respite from the low temperatures, the mercury on Monday evening plummeted to minus 7 levels in the summer capital Srinagar.

The chilly wave has led to freezing of water bodies including Dal Lake and triggered immense hardships because of freezing of service lines. Commuters continue to endure because of slippery surfaces particularly during the morning. The whole Valley has been reeling under the chilly wave however the MeT department forecast has mentioned that the chilly wave that has continued for the final 10 days will witness some respite from Wednesday.

The ski-resort Gulmarg in Baramulla on Monday evening recorded minus 6.2 levels whereas Pahalgam in south Kashmir recorded minus 8.4 degrees. Qazigund recorded minus 8.6 degrees, making it the coldest recorded place in the Valley. Kokernag in south Kashmir recorded minus 7.4 degrees whereas Kupwara in north recorded minus 5.7 degrees Celsius on Monday evening.

The peak winters this year has been harsh with temperature in Srinagar recorded at a 29-year low at minus 8.4 degrees Celsius. The snowfall at first of this month was extreme and had hit all kinds of important providers together with power and water supply.


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