Western Disturbances bring rain and snow to Kashmir valley

Mahnoor Butt
Srinagar: The western disturbances have given sigh of relief to Kashmir valley as it has brought snow and rain showers to see an end to the elongated dry and cold weather that had increased cough, cold and chest diseases all across.

Rain showers lashed planes including Srinagar city this afternoon and higher altitudes like Sonamarg, Gulmarg, zojila pass and parts of Pir Panchal range witnessed fresh snowfall.

Traffic from both Sonamarg and Kargil sides at Zojila pass has been cleared adding that any further decision to allow traffic on the road tomorrow will depend on weather conditions,” said a traffic official.

With winter all set to make onset, Kashmir valley has witnessed much needed spell of rains and snowfall of the season with an approaching Western Disturbance that is likely to precipitate for the next 48 hours.

“Snowfall will be confined to the upper reaches of Jammu and Kashmir while as the middle and lower levels will record scattered rains and thundershowers. Places such as Srinagar, Banihal and Kokernag may witness rains and thundershowers,” according to Skymet Weather.

Reportedly, the Western Disturbance is presently seen over Afghanistan and is moving gradually in the northeast direction.

However, in the wake of this approaching system, the minimum temperatures will increase in states of Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh. The maximum temperatures will drop significantly by the weekend, making the weather cold and chilly.

“These disturbances after approaching the region usually remain for 1-2 days and give spells of rain and snow of varying intensity. We call this system, Western Disturbance due to its movement from west to east,” said officials of the weather department. (PTK)

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