MeT Forecasts Rains in J&K Plains, Snowfall in Upper Reaches

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MeT Forecasts Rains in Plains, Snow Over Upper Reaches till April 20 in J&K

Main Activity Expected on April 17-18; Weather System to Affect Transport in Hilly Areas and Cause Water-Logging in Low Lying Areas

Srinagar, April 16: The meteorological department has predicted light to moderate rain and snowfall in the higher reaches of Jammu and Kashmir from April 17-20, with the main activity expected on Monday and Tuesday.

According to the weather department official, there is a possibility of thunderstorms with strong gusty winds and hailstorms at some places in Jammu and Kashmir during this wet spell. The official also warned of temporary disruptions in surface transportation, especially in hilly and snowbound areas, during April 17-18. Additionally, there could be water-logging in low lying areas, damage to orchards, and an abrupt fall in day temperature by 7-8°C.

As for the current temperature, Srinagar recorded a low of 10.9°C, which is 3.0°C below normal for the summer capital. Qazigund recorded a low of 7.8°C, which is 1.3°C below normal for the gateway town of Kashmir. Pahalgam, a famous tourist resort in south Kashmir, recorded a low of 5.2°C, which is 3.4°C above normal. Kokernag recorded a low of 8.6°C, which is 2.1°C above normal. Gulmarg, a world-famous skiing resort in north Kashmir, recorded a low of 3.8°C, which is 1.5°C above normal. In Kupwara town, the mercury settled at 10.2°C, which is 0.1°C below normal for the north Kashmir area.

In Jammu, the winter capital of J&K, the temperature recorded a low of 26.0°C, which is 6.1°C above normal. Banihal recorded a low of 9.7°C, above normal by 1.3°C, Batote recorded 14.0°C, above normal by 2.6°C, Katra recorded 19.0°C, 1.9°C above normal, and Bhadarwah recorded 9.1°C, 1.9°C below normal. Ladakh’s Leh and Kargil recorded a low of 1.6°C and 6.1°C, respectively.

The meteorological department advises people in Jammu and Kashmir to stay alert and take necessary precautions during the expected weather system, including avoiding travel in hilly areas and being prepared for possible water-logging in low lying areas.

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