Fresh WD hit J&K, fairly widespread rain-snow predicted for 72 hours

Srinagar: A fresh Western Disturbance (WD) hit the Jammu and Kashmir which could result in widespread (WS) rain and snow during the next 72 hours, a Meteorological department spokesman said Thursday evening.
Meanwhile, control rooms have already been set up in view of the forecast for heavy snowfall. District authorities have also held meetings to review the preparedness to meet any snow challenge.
As the sky remained cloudy the maximum temperature recorded drop and settled several degree below normal in the Jammu and Kashmir, where famed ski resort of Gulmarg witnessed minus 2.6 degree maximum temperature, lowest in the region.
There could be widespread light rain or snow over the J&K during the next 24 hours, he told UNI adding fairly widespread to widespread rain or snow could occur during the subsequent two days.
Due to overcast conditions, the night temperature witnessed improvement though day become chilly in the Kashmir valley, where maximum temperature recorded several notches below normal.
The summer capital, Srinagar, where life starts from about 0930 hrs due to morning chill, the maximum temperature on Thursday was 4.4 degree, 1.7 notches below normal. The minimum temperature however, was minus 0.3 degree, about 1.6 notches above normal.
There could be light snow and the maximum and minimum temperature would be around 5 degree and 0 degree respectively during the next 24 hours in Srinagar, he said.
Gulmarg recorded minus 2.6 degree, over 3 notches below normal maximum temperature followed by border town of Kargil, on Srinagar-Leh national highway, closed for the past over one month, where the maximum temperature was minus 2 degree.
He said the sky would be generally cloudy and the maximum and minimum temperature would be around 2 degree and minus 10 degree respectively at Leh during the next 24 hours.

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