Snowfall Alert: Moderate to Heavy Snow Expected in Kashmir Plains

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Snowfall Alert: Moderate to Heavy Snow Expected in Kashmir Plains

30th January – 1st February: A new weather system, the Western Disturbance, is on its way to Jammu and Kashmir and will linger until February 1st. Brace yourselves for rain and snow starting this morning, primarily in the higher reaches.

As the day progresses, areas like Udhampur, Kishtwar, and Doda districts are likely to experience rainfall, with more regions expected to join in by tomorrow morning.

On the 31st of January, rainfall and snowfall will persist across the region, although central and south Kashmir might see lesser activity during the daytime. Temperatures will drop significantly by the evening of the 31st, increasing the chances of snowfall in the plains.

From the evening of the 31st until the 1st of February, moderate to heavy rainfall and snowfall are forecasted for the Jammu region, with the higher reaches expecting heavy snow.

Snowfall is also anticipated in select areas of Ramban, Kishtwar, Doda, and Kathua districts. Sinthan Pass might witness snow accumulation ranging from 2 to 5 feet.

During this period, thunderstorms and lightning are also possible in parts of the Jammu region. Vigilance is advised!

Snowfall is also anticipated in the south Kashmir plains, specifically in Shopian, Kulgam, and Anantnag districts. Snow accumulation may vary across different areas.

Tourist destinations like Gulmarg, Sonamarg, Pahalgam, and Doodhpathri are expected to receive substantial snowfall.

Weather conditions are expected to improve and become dry from the morning of the 2nd of February.

3rd – 4th February

Another Western Disturbance, albeit lighter in intensity, is expected to impact the region from the afternoon/evening of the 3rd of February. This weather system will bring colder temperatures and light to moderate snowfall in the Kashmir plains.

Additional details regarding this disturbance will be provided later.


1. Weather patterns may not precisely align with forecasts, with fluctuations potentially leading to more rain/snow in central Kashmir compared to the south.

2. Travelers should be cautious of landslides and shooting stones along the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway. Postponing travel plans, especially on the 1st of February, is advisable.

3. Tourists planning to visit Sinthan Pass should note that it might remain closed for several days. Alternatives like Sonamarg, Pahalgam, or Gulmarg are recommended for snow experiences.

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