IMD predicts heavy snow, rain in Jammu Kashmir and Ladakh

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted heavy snow and rain in Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh and has issued a warning for air/surface traffic including all highways connecting Kashmir with the country.

In the Kashmir Valley, where people are already facing freezing cold, there is a forecast of heavy snowfall and rain in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh from Friday.

The IMD said that an active western disturbance is most likely to affect Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh as well as its surroundings from the evening of November 13 to 15, causing moderate to heavy snowfall and rainfall in the regions.

Changes in weather are likely to begin from Friday evening in some parts of the Kashmir Valley, while the intensity of rainfall along with snow will be seen over the next two days – Saturday and Sunday.

Deputy Director of Srinagar Meteorological Department Mukhtar Ahmed says, “Extensive moderate rain/snow is expected in Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh regions. Light rain/snow will begin at some places in Kashmir on the 13th (night) and thereafter there will be an increase in snowfall and rains during November 14 and 15 then intensity and rainfall will gradually decrease after Sunday evening.

The department has forecast heavy snowfall and rain in the upper reaches of the Kashmir Valley – Gulmarg, Sonamarg, Baramulla, Qazigund, Bandipora (Gurez and Tulail Valley) and Kupwara (Karnal Sector), Shopian, Qazigund-Banihal, and Pir Panjal areas of Jammu.  Ladakh region will also get affected, where the weather in Drass Gumri and Meenmarg and Zanskar will also worsen.

The IMD has also warned that the Jammu-Srinagar/Srinagar-Leh National Highway and Mughal Road – highways which connect the Kashmir Valley with the rest of the country, will get affected.

Landslides may also occur in sensitive areas of Jammu to Srinagar and Srinagar to Leh National Highway. This will also affect apple and agricultural operations as air and road transport will also get affected.

Due to changes in weather, day temperatures can drop drastically whereas night temperature can go below freezing point. With the onset of November in Kashmir, the temperature has seen a sharp drop and the cold outbreak which is causing problems to common people is continuously increasing. The night, as well as day temperatures, are already running below normal.