JK to witness downpour as cold condition eases slightly
Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir is all set to witness wet weather as a Western Disturbance is currently affecting the region, weather experts said.
“Rain/snow activities are expected to commence from Thursday evening, starting with higher reaches,” a weather report said.
“Light rain is possible in plains on 09th December. Snow chances are very less, although a snow shower is possible in Shopian and one or two other places due to lower temperatures. However, the weather system is weak, so nothing significant is expected,” the report added.
“In higher reaches there will be generally light snowfall. However, moderate to heavy spell is possible at a few places,” the report said.
It said that in Jammu region, a short rain shower or a couple of short showers can occur at some places.
“Rain shower chances are less than 5% for Jammu, Kathua, and Samba districts. In Ladakh, light to moderate snow showers are possible at many places in Kargil district. In Leh district, a light snow shower can occur at a few places,” the report added.
Meanwhile, a meteorological department official here said that Srinagar recorded a minimum of minus 2.8°C against minus 3.0°C on the previous night. So far the coldest night at minus 3.4°C this season in the summer capital was recorded on December 5.
While there was also special weather phenomenon of mist this morning, the MeT official said, today’s temperature was 2.2°C below the normal for this time of the year in Srinagar.
Qazigund recorded a low of minus 3.0°C against minus 3.6°C on the previous night. The temperature was 2.2°C below normal for the gateway town of Kashmir, he said.
Pahalgam recorded a low of 3.6°C against season’s coldest night at minus 5.6°C on previous night and it was 0.4°C below normal for the famous tourist resort in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district, he said.
Kokernag recorded a low of minus 1.8°C against minus 1.9°C on the previous night and it was 1.1°C below normal for the place, he said.
Gulmarg recorded a low of minus 2.8°C against minus 4.0°C on the previous night, the official said. It was 0.9°C above normal for the world famous skiing resort in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, the official said.
In Kupwara town, the mercury settled at minus 2.5°C against 3.1°C on the previous night, the official said. It was 0.7°C below normal for the north Kashmir place, he said.
Jammu recorded a low of 7.6°C against 6.9°C on the previous night. It was 2.4°C below normal for J&K’s winter capital, he said. Banihal recorded a low of minus 0.2°C (below normal by 2.3°C), Batote 4.2°C (0.2°C above normal), Katra 8.0°C (0.6°C above normal) and Bhadarwah 1.8°C (0.5°C above normal).
In Ladakh, Leh recorded minus 8.2°C, Kargil minus 12.1°C and details regarding mercury in Drass, the world’s second coldest place after Siberia, were not immediately available, the official said.
MeT department has already forecast light to moderate snowfall in Kashmir from the evening of December 9 to 10 and on December 12-13.
“A fresh Western Disturbance is likely to affect J&K and adjoining areas from December 9. Under the influence of the system, there is a possibility of light snow over plains and lower reaches, light to moderate snow over middle and higher reaches during 9th December (evening) to 10th December (evening) particularly over north, northwestern, central parts of Kashmir and South Kashmir,” the MeT official said, adding, “Light rain was expected at isolated to scattered places of Jammu.”
A feeble WD is also expected hit J&K on night of December 12 and 13. There is possibility of snowfall over higher reaches under its influence in Kupwara, Bandipora and Ganderbal, he said. Dry weather is expected thereafter till November 18, he added.