Rain, Snow likely from Sunday

Srinagar: More rain and snow is likely to occur in Kashmir valley after fresh Westerly Disturbances (WD), emanating from the Arabian Sea, touch the region on Sunday. WD’s will remain active till Monday, Met officials said.
A Met department spokesman said here this afternoon that weather will remain mainly dry over the Jammu and Kashmir during the next 24 hours. However, the WD, originating in the Arabian sea will enter the region through Afghanistan and Pakistan on March 4.
There could be fairly widespread rain or snow from the evening of March 4 to 5.
Temperature also fell with ski resort of Gulmarg experiencing the coldest day in the Valley after the minimum dropped further to minus 9.5 degree Celsius.
Leh in Ladakh region, which remained cut off from the rest of the state since December 1 last year after the Zo-jila pass was closed for six winter months due to snowfall, was coldest in the region after the minimum temperature dropped by 4.8 notches.
At border town of Kargil, the minimum was minus 9.2 degree against yesterday’s minus 7.8 degree. After witnessing harsh winter, during the 70-day-long three chillas, which ended on February 29, people in Srinagar, finally had some respite from the cold.
The sun was out today, after the minimum was recorded at zero degree, one degree below normal this morning.
Met spokesman said the maximum will remain above normal while minimum will be one notch up tomorrow though the sky would remain partly cloudy.
There was also a minor drop in the minimum temperature elsewhere in the Kashmir valley because of open sky.
At Pahalgam, the minimum was minus 5.6 degree followed by Qazigund, gateway of Kashmir, minus 1.2 degree, Kokernag minus 0.7 degree and Kupwara minus 0.5 degree.

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