Kashmir’s higher reaches blanketed in fresh snowfall

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Kashmir's higher reaches blanketed in fresh snowfall
Kashmir's higher reaches blanketed in fresh snowfall

SRINAGAR — The higher reaches of the Kashmir valley witnessed a fresh bout of snowfall, while some plains experienced rainfall, setting the stage for an extended spell of wintry weather.

Meteorological Department officials have extended their forecast, predicting prevailing weather conditions to persist until February 3 in the region.

According to the officials, the latest snowfall measurements in various areas of Kashmir are a mixed bag, with Doodhpathri recording two inches, Ganderbal (Sonamarg/Zojila) recording a feet, Bandipora (Razdan Top) recording two feet, Dawar Gurez recording six inches of snowfall.

Also, Izmarg with 16 inches, Tulail with four inches, Kupwara (Sadna Top) with 18 inches, Farkin Top with 16 inches, Z-Gali with two feet and Machil with 12 inches of snowfall marked a wet wintery day.

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Meteorological department officials outlined the forecast for January 29, indicating a possibility of light to moderate rain and snow at numerous locations across Jammu and Kashmir. Heavy snowfall is anticipated over isolated higher reaches of the Kashmir Division, including districts like Kupwara, Baramulla, Bandipora, Ganderbal, Shopian, Anantnag, and Kulgam, extending till late Monday afternoon.

Looking ahead to January 30-31, the forecast suggests a likelihood of light to moderate rain and snow at many places in Jammu and Kashmir, with the potential for heavy snowfall in select higher reaches within the Kashmir region.

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Similarly, between February 1-2, the weather is expected to remain generally cloudy, with light rain and snow anticipated at various locations during late afternoon and evening periods. On February 3-4, there is a possibility of light to moderate rain and snow covering many places in Jammu and Kashmir.

Residents and travellers are advised to stay vigilant and plan accordingly, as the region grapples with the wintry mix and potential challenges posed by heavy snowfall in specific areas.

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