Srinagar: There will be snowfall for three days beginning Tuesday in the valley, Met office has predicted. The snowfall, however, will be unlike what the valley is used to, or, as Met office director said, “fairly widespread”.
“This is for the first time that we are going to witness such a good precipitation,” Sonam Lotus, director of the local meteorological department, told Kashmir Reader.
Asked what he meant by heavy snowfall, Lotus said that a snowfall of more than two feet in higher reaches of the valley and a foot of snow in the plains qualifies for heavy snowfall. There will be light to moderate snowfall till Tuesday.
The department has already issued a weather warning suggestive of traffic disruptions in the state, including closure of strategic Srinagar-Jammu highway.
The forecast for fresh precipitation comes after the Valley already received snowfall twice this month on January 6 and January 16, bringing normal life to a halt.
In view of the rain and snowfall, the civil administration has also directed people living in the avalanche prone areas like Bandipora and Kupwara to take precautionary measures and stay indoors mostly.
The valley continued to shiver due to severe cold, with Srinagar recording a maximum of 6.2 degrees Celsius and a minimum of minus 1.3 degrees Celsius. Gulmarg has been recording the lowest night temperatures for the past few days. The temperature dipped to minus 10 degrees Celsius.
Pahalgam also recorded a maximum temperature above the freezing point. The tourist destination in South Kashmir recorded a maximum of 3.6 degrees Celsius and a minimum of minus 3.6 degrees Celsius.
The Valley is currently undergoing harshest winter period, locally known as Chill e Kalan – a period of 40 days of extreme weather since December 21 – a time when mercury usually plunges below freezing point.