‘Avoid spraying of orchards and other farm operations’: MeT forecasts erratic weather till 15 Mar

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The weatherman on Tuesday forecast erratic weather as intermittent rain with thunderstorm in plains and snow over higher reaches in Kashmir Valley is expected till 15 March.

“Weather is going to remain erratic till 15 March. Expect intermittent rain with thunderstorm and snow over higher reaches mainly during 11-13th March,” said Sonam Lotus, Director Meteorological department of J-K and Ladakh.

He said that the weather may affect Banihal-Ramban, Zojila highways due to Landslide, snow slides etc.

“Farmers are advised to avoid spraying of orchards and other farm operations till 15th March,” he said.

For 11 and 12 March, the weatherman has also issued a “yellow warning” for “isolated heavy rain/snow, thundershowers with lightning, hail and gusty winds” in Kashmir as well as Jammu divisions.

There are four types colour codes signifying the level of caution: green which means no action, yellow—situation to be watched), amber –government agencies need to be prepared for severe weather, and red –action needed by the agencies.

Earlier upper reaches of the Valley including Gulmarg received fresh snowfall while rains lashed plains.

A meteorological department official told that Gulmarg, the world famous skiing resort, received 37 centimetres fresh snowfall in last 24 hours till 0830 hours. In past 48 hours, the tourist destination in north Kashmir received 50cm (1.65ft) of snow and recorded a minimum temperature of minus 4.2°C against minus 3.5°C on the previous night, the official said.

Srinagar, the official said, received 14.9mm of rain during 24 hours even as it recorded a low of 5.2°C against 5.8°C on the previous night. The temperature was 1.9°C above normal for this time of the year in this summer capital, the official said.
Qazigund recorded a low of 2.8°C against 4.8°C on the previous night and received 33.2mm of rain during the time.

The mercury settled at 2.1°C against minus 1.4°C on the earlier night at Pahalgam while the famous resort received 6.9mm rain.

Kokernag, also in south Kashmir, recorded a low of 1.1°C against 3.9°C on the previous night while it received 19.7mm of rain.

The minimum temperature settled at 3.7°C in Kupwara against 3.9°C on the previous night while the north Kashmir district received 2.4mm rain, the official said.Leh received 2 centimetres of snow while it recorded a low of minus 4.3°C, the official said. (GNS)

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