A week of snow, rain likely in Kashmir

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Kashmir valley is likely to receive a major spell of precipitation – including widespread snow – that is expected to continue for six days till the end of the month.

The Srinagar Meteorological Centre on Monday said a wet spell is expected to begin from tonight and will last till the end during which precipitation of varying intensity is likely in the region.

“Under the influence of two Western Disturbances, scattered to widespread rain and snow is most likely in J-K during 22 February (Night) to ending February,” the Meteorological Centre said. The Centre said that fairly widespread rain and snow is likely on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

It said that widespread rain and snow is expected on Friday and Saturday.

The Centre has also issued a ‘yellow’ warning – meaning a situation to be watched for isolated heavy rain, snow, and thundershowers in Kashmir on Friday. 

The weather disturbance is most likely to affect the entire Kashmir region, Pirpanjal mountain range and Jammu region from Thursday onwards when heavy rain and snow is expected at some places. The weather condition can cause slippery road conditions on Banihal-Ramban, Zojila, Mughal roads and may also cause disruption of flights on Friday.

Kashmir region had witnessed a sudden rise in the temperature in recent days as the mercury jumped by more than seven degrees above the normal amid signs of an early arrival of spring. 

The region faced a bitter winter during the past two months when the temperatures had fallen to record-low level and a major snow spell in early January had caused widespread disruptions.

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