Widespread Rain, Snow Predicted In J&K From Friday

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Srinagar: The meteorological department on Wednesday predicted widespread rain and snow across Jammu and Kashmir from Friday, leading to landslides and shooting stones at many places along the highways and dip mercury further across the Union Territory.

MeT Deputy Director, Mukhtar Ahmad told Kashmir Observer that mild western disturbances---winds from the Mediterranean---were expected to hit the region on Friday.

"There is a possibility of light snow most likely over higher reaches of Gulmarg, Kupwara, Bandipora, Pahalgam and Sonmarg including the Zojila pass, higher reaches of Drass & Zanskar and Leh-Manali Highway for Friday,” he said.

Under the influence of approaching western Disturbance and lower level easterlies, Ahmad said, fresh spell of intermittent light rain with thunderstorm and lightning is most likely to occur in Srinagar city from the morning of 5th November to the evening of the same day.

The MeT Deputy Director said that there could be landslides and shooting stones over vulnerable areas of Srinagar-Jammu and Srinagar-Leh highways besides other hilly roads as well as possibility of dip in day temperature.

"Moderate rainfall activity is most likely over Pir Panjal range of Jammu, mainly the Bhaderwah- Banihal axis during the given period,” he added.

Meanwhile, night temperature fell further across Kashmir Valley even as sub-zero conditions prevailed in Pahalgam and Gulmarg, officials said.

A meteorological department official here said that Srinagar recorded a low of 2.0 degree Celsius against 2.6 degree Celsius on the previous night. Qazigund recorded a minimum temperature of 1.6 degree Celsius against the previous night’s 1.9 degree Celsius.

Pahalgam, the famous resort in south Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 2.0 degree Celsius against minus 1.0 degree Celsius on previous night, he said.

Kokernag, also in south Kashmir, recorded a minimum temperature of 1.2 degree Celsius against 2.2 degree Celsius on previous night, the official said. Kupwara town in north Kashmir recorded a low of 1.2 degree Celsius against 1.9 degree Celsius on the previous night.

Gulmarg, the famous skiing resort in north Kashmir, recorded a minimum of minus 1.6 degree Celsius against 2.0 degree Celsius on previous night, the official added.

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Zaid Bin Shabir

Zaid Bin Shabir is a special correspondent at Kashmir Observer. He tweets @Zaidbinshabir

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