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Rains, snowfall to intensify in J&K from Tuesday night: MeT

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Min temp remains below freezing point at many places across Kashmir


Srinagar: The J&K’s meteorological department(MeT) on Tuesday said that the rains and snowfall will intensify during the night and on Wednesday.

In an update, the MeT said that there were intermittent rains and snowfall at many places of J&K including light rain in Srinagar, Jammu and Banihal.

“Rain/snow very likely to intensify as the day progresses with main activity later tonight & tomorrow. Heavy snowfall is very likely over middle & higher reaches,” it said.

Officials also said the minimum temperature stayed several degrees below the freezing point across Kashmir during the preceding night, with Gulmarg recording a bone-chilling minus 9 degrees Celsius.

In Srinagar, the minimum temperature settled at a low of minus 2.3 degrees Celsius. Qazigund, the gateway to the Valley, registered a low of minus 0.6 degrees Celsius, officials said.

Kokernag in south Kashmir recorded a low of minus 3.5 degrees Celsius, while the minimum temperature in Kupwara settled at minus 3.4 degrees, the officials said.

The minimum temperature in Gulmarg in Baramulla district was minus 9.5 degrees Celsius. The ski-resort was the coldest place in Jammu and Kashmir.

Pahalgam recorded a minimum temperature of minus 8.6 degrees Celsius, plunging four degrees as compared to the previous night.

The MeT office said there are chances of light rain or snow at scattered places in the Union Territory over the next five days except on Friday.

It predicted a much higher intensity of precipitation from till Wednesday, with the possibility of moderate snow in the plains of Kashmir and moderate to heavy snow over the middle and higher reaches, and rain in Jammu.

Light rain or snow could occur at isolated places on Saturday and Sunday, it further said.


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