Moderate to heavy snowfall for 5 days: MeT

SRINAGAR: Met office Wednesday issued an advisory regarding moderate to heavy snowfall for five days beginning Sunday. The weather system is likely to disrupt air and surface transport in the Valley during the time, a statement issued cautioned.

“Moderate to heavy snow will occur at most places in Kashmir and Jammu divisions and at many places in Ladakh region,” Director Meteorological Department Sonam Lotus said in the advisory issued as a fresh Western Disturbance is likely to affect the state from Feb 2- 6. 

“Few places particularly along South Kashmir and Pripanjal mountain range may receive very heavy snowfall. This system is likely to move in East-North-East ward direction,” the statement said.

 “This system is likely to disrupt surface and air transport systems of the state,” it said, adding, “During above period day temperatures may fall by 5-6 degrees and night temperature may rise 2 to 3 degress.”

Meanwhile, Srinagar witnessed a further drop in night temperature, recording a low of minus 2.3 degrees Celsius against minus 0.3 degrees Celsius yesterday. 

Pahalgam hill station in south Kashmir, was the second coldest in Valley, recording a minimum of minus 12.3 degrees Celsius against minus 10.4 degrees Celsius on previous night.

Qazigund and its neighboring Kokernag had a minimum of minus 7.0 and minus 9.3 degrees Celsius respectively, the MeT official said.

Ski resort of Gulmarg in north Kashmir was the second coldest place in the valley. The resort recorded a low of minus 11.2 degrees Celsius against minus 11.0 degrees Celsius yesterday.    

Frontier Kupwara district in north Kashmir recorded a low of minus 2.1 degrees Celsius against 0.1 degrees Celsius yesterday, the MeT office said.

Ladakh region continued to reel under intense cold with Kargil recording season’s coldest night. The mercury settled at a low of minus 20.4 degrees Celsius, the weatherman added.

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