Valley News Desk

MeT predicts 2-day wet spell from Jan 4

Srinagar freezes at minus 5.9 degrees C;
highway closed for maintenance
works today.


Srinagar, Dec 31: The Meteorological Department has predicted a 2-day
wet spell from January 4.

As per the latest forecast, a light to moderate spell of snowfall is likely at many places of the Valley during
January 4 and 5.

Director MeT, Sonam Lotus, said the weather is likely to remain dry and
cold till January 3, after which inclement weather er is likely between January 4 and 5.

“As of today, the weather is most likely to remain mainly dry and cold in both J&K and Ladakh till January 3. Thereafter, a spell of light to moderate snowfall is likely during January 4 and 5 at many places of Kashmir, few places of hilly areas of Jammu and Zojila, Drass and hilly areas of Zanskar and
Leh district on January 5,” Lotus said in the weather

Lotus said that except for the likely spell of snowfall next week “there is no forecast of any major snowfall till
next 10 days beginning today”.


Earlier this week, both plains and higher reaches of the Valley received light
to moderate snowfall which affected both surface and air transport.

The Valley continues to reel under a severe cold wave as summer capital Srinagar froze at minus 5.9 degrees
Celsius on Wednesday night. Ski-resort Gulmarg in Baramulla recorded minus 10.4 degrees, being the cold-
est recorded station in the Valley on Wednesday night.

Pahalgam recorded minus 9.6 degrees Celsius. While sunshine greeted the Valley on Thursday, Srinagar recorded
8.1 degrees Celsius maximum temperature.

The impact of the severe cold wave has taken its toll also on winter capital Jammu which recorded 2.8 degrees
Celsius on Wednesday night, which is several notches below normal. The Valley is witnessing the 40-day harsh-
est winter of Chillai Kalan when a cold wave grips the region and the temperature drops considerably leading
to the freezing of water bodies including the Dal Lake as well as the water supply lines in several parts of the
valley. The chances of snowfall are most frequent and maximum during this period and most areas, especially
in the higher reaches, receive heavy snowfall.

The 270-kilometre Srinagar-Jammu National Highway will remain closed for vehicular traffic for undertaking
repair works on Friday, a traffic department advisory said.

Traffic on the highway has remained suspended
on Fridays for the last few weeks owing to repair works.

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