Heavy Snowfall Predicted This Week

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Srinagar- The meteorological department on Friday predicted heavy snowfall at some places in Jammu and Kashmir during January 5-6 that could possibly lead to temporary disruption of air and surface traffic

“As per today's analysis, widespread snow/rain spell of moderate intensity are most likely during 4-6th January in both J&K and Ladakh with main activity on 5-6th,” a meteorological department official said in a statement.

“Heavy Snow is expected at some places during 5-6th,” he said, adding, “(It) may affect the surface and air transportation.” He said light snow is expected over higher reaches of Kashmir during January 2-3rd. “Expect colder days and warmer nights from January 2nd onwards,” he added.

Meanwhile, cold conditions prevailed across Jammu and Kashmir even there was slight rise in minimum temperature with Gulmarg recording a low of minus 9.0°C.

Srinagar recorded the minimum temperature of minus 3.0 degrees Celsius on the intervening night of Thursday and Friday a degree up from the previous night, the officials said.

Gulmarg, the famous skiing resort in north Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 9.0 degrees Celsius -- up from minus 9.6 degrees the previous night.

The officials said Pahalgam recorded a low of minus 6.6 degrees Celsius up from minus 8.9 degrees Celsius the previous night.

They said Qazigund recorded the minimum of minus 3.0 degrees Celsius, while the nearby south Kashmir town of Kokernag recorded a low of minus 3.3 degrees Celsius.

The mercury at Kupwara in north Kashmir settled at a low of minus 2.6 degrees Celsius.

The MeT office has forecast colder days and warmer nights ahead owing to a cloud cover.

It said there could be light snow over the higher reaches of Kashmir on January 2 and 3.

Kashmir is currently under the grip of the 40-day harshest winter period known as 'Chilla-i-Kalan' which began on December 21.

It is a period when a cold wave grips the region and the temperature drops considerably, leading to the freezing of water bodies, including the famous Dal Lake here, as well as the water supply lines in several parts of the valley.

The chances of snowfall are the most frequent and maximum during this period and most areas, especially in the higher reaches, receive heavy to very heavy snowfall.

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