Widespread Rain, Snow in Kashmir Valley On Feb 22-23

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Srinagar- The meteorological department on Saturday predicted widespread rains and snow across Jammu and Kashmir for two days from February 22.

According to a meteorological department official, a Western Disturbance, of moderate intensity, is going to bring widespread rain and snowfall across Jammu and Kashmir on February 22 and 23.

The main intensity as per the current forecast, the official said, is expected between the intervening night of February 22-23.

“Due to cold winds associated with the system, there is also a possibility of snowfall in plains of the Valley. However, the intensity will remain light (or moderate spell is expected at a few places),” the official said.

The weather department official further said that the twin districts of Shopian and Kulgam may see good snow accumulation, of greater than 5 inches.

The upper reaches of Shopian, he said, could witness one feet snow

“Heavy snowfall is also possible in the upper reaches of Bandipora (including Tulail and Gurez), upper reaches of Baramulla, Kupwara and Ganderbal.Tourist places: Gulmarg, Pahalgam and Sonamarg are likely to receive heavy snowfall,” the official said.

The official further said that heavy snowfall could hamper the reopening of Zojila and other higher passes.

The MeT department official said that moderate to heavy snowfall is also expected around Jawahar Tunnel, Gool and other higher reaches of Ramban district.

He further said that plains in Kashmir and Jammu might witness light to heavy showers.

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