MeT predicts widespread rains, snow in higher reaches

MeT officials said that the temperatures were expected to fall significantly and moderate snowfall of 2-3 feet over higher reaches on November 6 and 7.
MeT officials said that the temperatures were expected to fall significantly and moderate snowfall of 2-3 feet over higher reaches on November 6 and 7.File: Mubashir Khan for Greater Kashmir

Srinagar: Light to moderate rains on Saturday lashed parts of Kashmir while the Meteorological Department predicted widespread precipitation and snowfall in the higher reaches of Kashmir during the next 24 hours.

“Since Saturday afternoon there were light rains at some places in Kashmir,” MeT officials said. 

They said that they expect widespread rain and snowfall in J&K during the next 24 hours. MeT officials said that the temperatures were expected to fall significantly and moderate snowfall of 2-3 feet over higher reaches on November 6 and 7.

They said that on November 6 and 7, moderate rain and snow in the higher reaches were likely to occur at most places of J&K.

“Plains of Kashmir, mainly south Kashmir is likely to receive 2 to 3 inches of snowfall from November 6 and 7,” they said. “Heavy snowfall of 2 to 3 feet is likely in the higher reaches.”

The officials said snowfall and low temperature may lead to temporary disruption of surface transport, mainly over Zojila, Srinagar-Jammu Highway, Sinthan Top, and Mughal Road from November 6 to 7. They said that the snowfall might damage the orchards.

The MeT also issued an advisory urging people to confirm the status of roads before embarking on a journey to avoid inconvenience.

The farmers were advised to harvest agriculture and horticulture produce that are vulnerable to snowfall and low temperatures.

The MeT officials said that Srinagar, the summer capital, recorded a low of 5.6 degrees Celsius against 5 degrees Celsius the previous night, 3.1 degrees Celsius above normal.

They said Qazigund, the gateway town of Kashmir, recorded a low of 4.6 degrees Celsius against 3.6 degrees Celsius the previous night, 2.1 degrees Celsius above normal.

The MeT officials said the mercury in the south Kashmir resort Pahalgam settled at 2 degrees Celsius against 1.3 degrees Celsius the previous night, 2.2 degrees Celsius above normal.

They said that another south Kashmir resort Kokernag recorded a low of 6.3 degrees Celsius against 4.6 degrees Celsius the previous night, 2.5 degrees Celsius above normal.

The MeT officials said that the ski resort of Gulmarg in Baramulla recorded a low of 0.5 degrees Celsius, the same as on the previous night, 1.2 degrees Celsius below normal.

They said that the mercury in north Kashmir’s Kupwara town settled at 4.5 degrees Celsius against 4.6 degrees Celsius the previous night, 2.6 degrees Celsius above normal.

The MeT officials said that the winter capital Jammu recorded a low of 16.4 degrees Celsius against 15.8 degrees Celsius the previous night, 1 degree Celsius above normal.

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