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MeT predicts snowfall in JK from Jan 08

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Srinagar: Amid increase in day temperature, the weatherman here predicted a wet spell from January 07 evening, saying that two Western Disturbances will be affecting Jammu & Kashmir from Friday.

Deputy Director Meteorological department (MeT), Dr Mukhtar Ahmad said that there is a possibility of light to moderate snowfall on January 08-09.

He said that the plains would experience light snowfall on January 08-09.

“The weather as per the forecast is expected to remain wet on January 08-09 and 11-12,” he said, adding that the night temperature would show some improvement in the coming days.

The Deputy Director MeT said that two Western Disturbances are affecting J&K and light snowfall is expected in the plains of Kashmir during the period.

Meanwhile, the day temperature recorded an increase today at most of the places.

Srinagar, the summer capital of J&K recorded 10 degree Celsius temperature, which is over three degree Celsius above normal.

Meanwhile, Kashmir continued to reel under sub-zero temperatures as the mercury remained several degrees below freezing point across the Valley for the third consecutive night.

Srinagar recorded a low of minus 5.2 degrees Celsius on Tuesday night against minus 4.4 degrees Celsius the night before.

Pahalgam in Anantnag district, which serves as a base camp for the annual Amarnath Yatra, registered a temperature of minus 9.4 degrees Celsius and was the coldest recorded place in Jammu and Kashmir.

The minimum temperature in Gulmarg, the famous ski resort town in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, recorded a temperature of minus 8.4 degrees Celsius, the officials said.

The Met office has forecast dry weather for the region, leading to colder nights and slightly warmer daytime temperatures, over the next few days.

Qazigund, the gateway town to the Valley, also witnessed a slight rise in the minimum temperature on Tuesday night, registering a low of minus 5.2 degrees Celsius.

In Kupwara, a frontier district, the minimum temperature settled at minus 6.0 degrees Celsius, while Kokernag in south Kashmir recorded a low of minus 3.8 degrees, the officials said.

The less-than-normal precipitation this winter has resulted in increased respiratory problems for residents, particularly the children and the elderly, doctors said.

The sub-zero temperatures have resulted in several water bodies in the Valley freezing.

Kashmir is currently under the grip of Chilla-i-Kalan, the 40-day harshest weather period when the chances of snowfall are maximum and most frequent.

‘Chilla-i-Kalan’ begins on December 21 and ends on January 30.

The cold wave continues even after that with a 20-day-long ‘Chillai-Khurd’ (small cold) and a 10-day-long ‘Chillai-Bachha’ (baby cold) following it.

Most areas of the Valley received snowfall on Thursday. (with inputs from PTI/KNO)

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