Forecast of moderate to heavy snow in Kashmir Valley
Srinagar: The weather office here on Monday forecast moderate to heavy snowfall across the Valley on Thursday and Friday, as a Western Disturbance (WD) approaches.
Sonam Lotus, the director of the local MET office, told a news agency: "Because of an approaching WD we are expecting moderate snowfall in the plains and rather heavy snow in the higher reaches of the Valley, especially on January 18.”
"Cloudiness will start increasing from January 16 as the WD is expected to become active over the state January 17 and 18."
WDs are extra tropical storms in the Mediterranean Sea, which result in sudden rain and snowfall in India, Nepal, Pakistan and Bangladesh.
Prospects of the rabi crop depend on WDs.
Despite an intense cold wave sweeping the Valley during the ongoing 40-day harsh period of winter known locally as `Chillai Kalan`, Kashmir is yet to witness a major snowfall that could replenish perennial water reservoirs in the mountains.
The Valley`s rivers, lakes, springs and streams depend for their summer discharge on these perennial water reservoirs.
The minimum temperature was 1.6 degrees Celsius in Srinagar on Monday.
It was zero degrees in Pahalgam, minus 8.6 in Gulmarg, minus 15.2 in Leh and minus 16.4 in Kargil towns.
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- Ceasefire violations by Pak: Should India carry out surgical strike part-II?
- Pak High Commission staffer grilled for spying, asked to leave India
- Panel discussion on the need of Pakistan's ambassador in India
- Intelligence agencies warn of firing by Pakistan along LoC, international border
- Beware! Fake currency notes floating in market this Diwali
- Pakistan's brutality exposed; `Black Day` protesters thrashed in PoK - Video goes viral
- Pakistan High Commission staffer, briefly detained for espionage, asked to leave India in 48 hours
- Diwali 2016: Dhanteras Puja timings, Tithi and Vidhi
- Pakistan declares Indian High Commission official persona non grata, asks him to leave country
- UPA govt thought of attacking Lashkar HQ, training camps after 26/11 strike, claims ex-NSA Shivshankar Menon