Snowfall Hopes Rise in Kashmir: System Shows Possibility of Heavy Snowfall

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Snowfall Hopes Rise in Kashmir: System Shows Possibility of Heavy Snowfall

Srinagar, Jan 17: As Kashmir grapples with an extended dry spell, the Meteorological Department provides a glimmer of hope, anticipating a change in weather patterns by the end of this month.

A forecast suggests the likelihood of moderate snowfall between January 29 and January 31, with officials awaiting further clarity in the coming days.

Director Mukhtar Ahmad emphasized that the current system hints at the potential for light to moderate snowfall in the region during the specified period.

The ongoing dry spell prompted residents to participate in special prayers, ‘Salat-ul-Istisqa,’ at local mosques, seeking divine intervention to break the prevailing weather conditions.

The consequences of the prolonged dry spell extend beyond atmospheric concerns. Rivers and streams witness a decline in water levels, impacting the local ecosystem.

Furthermore, the decrease in temperature and absence of snowfall have led to reduced tourism, affecting the region’s economy.

While some areas experienced light snowfall today due to a weak Western Disturbance (WD), reports indicate Doodhpatri, Sinthan Top, and others witnessed these effects.

Looking ahead, another feeble WD is expected to influence J&K on the night of January 20, bringing light rain and snow over isolated middle and higher reaches.

Between January 25-27, there’s a potential for light rain and snowfall at select locations, according to Dr. Mukhtar, yet confirmation is pending in the coming days.

The night temperatures recorded a slight improvement today, with Srinagar reaching a minimum of minus 2.4 degrees Celsius.

Other notable readings include Qazigund, the gateway of Kashmir, at minus 3.6 degrees Celsius, Pahalgam as the coldest place at minus 3.9 degrees Celsius, Gulmarg at minus 3.2 degrees Celsius, Kokernag at minus 1.1 degrees Celsius, and Kupwara at minus 4.3 degrees Celsius

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