Srinagar: Weatherman on Wednesday forecast widespread intermittent light to moderate rain and snowfall over higher reaches of Jammu and Kashmir from October 13-17 in the face of two back-to-back Western Disturbances affecting the region from October 13 evening.
An official of the Meteorological (MeT) department here said that there is a possibility of rainfall in plains and snowfall in higher reaches from October 13 evening to October 17 evening.
The weather conditions are expected to improve from October 18 morning, he added.
Sharing details of the wet spell, an independent weather forecaster said that on October 14, a spell of rain and snow is expected in most parts, especially in Kashmir region while on October 15, there is a possibility of intermittent rain and snow in some areas even as the day will remain predominantly overcast with little or no precipitation.
On October 16, moderate rain and snowfall is expected in most areas while heavy showers in a few areas can’t be ruled out, he said, adding that on October 17 while some areas might experience rain or snow until morning or afternoon, it is anticipated that the Western Disturbance will clear out on this day.
This weather system is expected to bring a significant decrease in daytime temperatures, necessitating the use of warm clothing. Maximum daytime temperatures in most parts of Kashmir are likely to stay below 14°C on October 16 and 17. In Jammu region, a major decline in daytime temperatures is also expected on the same dates,” he said.
Director MeT, Sonum Lotus in an advisory issued ahead of the wet spell, asked the farmers to postpone harvesting of crops from October 14-18.
He said that the wet spell may also disrupt surface transportation especially at vulnerable places like Zojilla, Mughal Road, Sinthan Top, Sadnatop and other areas temporarily. (WITH INPUTS FROM KNO)