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Snowfall in Kashmir, Latest Confirmed Prediction by MeT Deptt

The Meteorological Department has forecast an “extended wet spell” in Jammu and Kashmir from February 19 to February 21. This prediction comes amidst dropping night temperatures, with Srinagar recording a low of minus 3.0°C.

According to the weather report, a couple of moderate to intense Western Disturbances are likely to affect J&K and adjoining areas from February 17 afternoon onwards. This will result in an extended wet spell from February 17 night till February 21 afternoon, covering most parts of J&K and adjoining areas.

In the Kashmir Valley, partly to generally cloudy weather is expected with the possibility of light snow at isolated higher reaches towards late Saturday night. On February 18, generally cloudy weather with the possibility of light to moderate rain and snow is anticipated at many places.

From February 19 to 20, there is a likelihood of light to moderate rain and snow at most places, with the possibility of heavy snowfall over middle and higher reaches of several districts. On February 21, there may be light to moderate snow at many places till late afternoon, followed by gradual improvement.

For the Jammu division, there is a possibility of light rain and snow at many places on Sunday. From February 19 to 20, intermittent light to moderate rain with thunder/lightning is expected in plains of Jammu Division, along with light to moderate snowfall over higher reaches.

The Meteorological Department has issued an advisory, warning of temporary road closures in higher reaches and important passes due to the weather system. Travelers and farmers are advised to plan accordingly, and precautions are recommended to mitigate the impact of the weather conditions.

Regarding temperatures, several areas recorded below-normal lows, with Srinagar, Qazigund, Pahalgam, and Kupwara experiencing temperatures below freezing point. Conversely, Kokernag and Gulmarg reported temperatures above normal.

As the 40-day harsh period of winter, known as ‘Chillai-Kalan,’ ended on January 29, Kashmir is currently experiencing the 20-day-long winter period called ‘Chillai-Khurd,’ which ends on February 19. This is followed by a 10-day-long period called ‘Chillai-Bachha,’ starting from February 20 to March 1.

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