Widespread rain, snow expected as fresh WD approaches JK: IMD

Children walk for tuition classes amid cold weather in Kashmir following a snowfall. [FPK File Photo/ Vikar Syed.]

Srinagar: A fresh Western Disturbance (WD) is poised to impact Jammu and Kashmir, bringing with it the likelihood of rain and snowfall from January 30 to February 1, India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.

The influence of this weather system is expected to initiate rain and snow activities, starting in higher reaches and gradually extending to lower areas.

On January 31, rain and snow activities are anticipated to persist across Jammu and Kashmir, although central and south Kashmir may experience relatively lower activity during the daytime. A drop in temperatures is forecasted from the evening of January 31, enhancing the chances of snowfall in the plains.

Between the evening of January 31 and February 1, moderate to heavy rain and snowfall are expected in the Jammu region, with higher reaches likely to receive substantial snowfall. Areas including Ramban, Banihal, Kishtwar, Bhaderwah, and the higher reaches of Kathua district are expected to be affected, with Sinthan Pass possibly receiving 2 to 5 feet of snow.

Residents are urged to stay alert as lightning and thunderstorms may accompany the weather system in parts of the Jammu region during this period.

South Kashmir plains, including parts of Shopian, Kulgam, and Anantnag districts, may also experience snowfall between January 31st and February 1st, with variations in snow accumulations anticipated.

Tourist destinations such as Gulmarg, Sonamarg, Pahalgam, and Doodhpathri are forecasted to receive a good amount of snowfall, enhancing the scenic beauty of these areas.

The weather is expected to turn dry from the morning of February 2nd. Looking ahead to February 3rd and 4th, another Western Disturbance (light to moderate in intensity) is projected to affect the region, bringing colder temperatures and the possibility of light to moderate snowfall in the plains of Kashmir.

It’s crucial for residents and travellers to remain vigilant, especially considering potential landslides and shooting stones on the Jammu-Srinagar highway. Travel plans on February 1st are advised to be reconsidered, and alternative routes are recommended for tourists looking to experience the snow, as Sinthan Pass may remain closed for an extended period.

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