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Weatherman predicts heavy snow, rains next week

Excelsior Correspondent
Srinagar, Dec 6: The Meteorological Department today issued weather advisory for Jammu and Kashmir and predicted moderate to heavy snow and rainfall next week due a fresh western disturbance that will lead to disruption of surface and air traffic.
Director Meteorological Department, Sonam Lotus, issued a weather advisory today and warned of disruption in surface and air traffic next week due to wet spell. “A fresh western disturbance is most likely to affect the State of J&K from December 11 to 15 with moisture feeding taking place from the Arabian Sea”, he said.
“Under the influence of this system, moderate to heavy rain/snow is expected at widespread places of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh region. The main activity of this system -moderate to heavy rainfall/snowfall – is likely to occur during December 12-13 and gradual decrease thereafter.  This will be the first ‘major wet spell’ during the current season for J&K,” he said.
Lotus said the higher reaches of Kashmir, Ladakh and hilly areas of Jammu are most likely to receive moderate to heavy snowfall during the wet spell period mainly during  December 12 and 13. There will be significant fall in day temperature and slight rise in night temperature.
This weather system may lead to disruption of surface and air transportation including on Srinagar-Jammu National Highway, Srinagar-Leh National Highway and Mughal Road, the weatherman said. He added that the wet spell will bring relief to farmers especially who had sown Rabi crops in plains of Kashmir and Jammu region and overall improvement in soil moisture. Hence farmers are advised not to irrigate the fields this week.
Meanwhile, night temperature in Srinagar witnessed minor improvement today but continued to remain below freezing point. A Meteorological Department official said that Srinagar recorded a low of -3.3 degree Celsius against the previous of -3.8 while day temperature settled at 15.0 degree Celsius. He said that Qazigund in South Kashmir recorded a low of -1.8 degree Celsius against the previous of -3.2 degree Celsius. The maximum temperature in Qazigund settled at 11.8 degree Celsius.
Pahalgam resort recorded a low of -2.2 degree Celsius against the previous of -4.4 degree Celsius while the maximum temperature settled at 10.3 degree Celsius.. Kupwara in North Kashmir recorded a low of -3.0 degree Celsius against the previous of -3.2 degree Celsius. The maximum temperature in Kupwara settled at 12.7 degree Celsius.
Gulmarg ski resort of North Kashmir recorded a low of -3.8 degree Celsius against the previous of -4.5 degree Celsius while the day temperature settled at 6.2 degree Celsius. Leh recorded coldest night in Jammu and Kashmir where mercury settled at -13.6 degree Celsius against the previous of -10.5 degree Celsius while maximum temperature settled at 7.2 degree Celsius. The nearby Kargil recorded a low of -7.5 degree Celsius against the previous of -5.2 degree Celsius while day temperature was 10.2 degree Celsius.

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