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Weather Warning! Heavy Snowfall and Rainfall Expected over J&K, Himachal; IMD advises locals to stay indoors

Jammu and Kashmir is expected to receive heavy snowfall in the next few days, as per the local weather office. Authorities have issued warnings for people living in higher reaches to avoid movement during this period as landslides can occur at such places.

Chintu Das

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has anticipated substantial downpour of snow and rain in Jammu & Kashmir as well as Ladakh region and has given warning regarding any air or surface traffic including all interstate highways linking Kashmir with the nation. The traffic interruption is probably going to hit the Srinagar-Jammu, Srinagar-Leh parkways and the Mughal Road that associates the valley with the Jammu division. 

Individuals are already confronting freezing cold in the Kashmir Valley. Forecast shows that there are heavy chances of snowfall and downpour in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh from Friday.  

The IMD confirms that an active western aggravation is destined to influence Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh and few of its neighboring areas from the night of November 13 till November 15, making moderate to extreme snowfall and downpour in the locales. Climate will start to change from the evening of Friday in certain areas of the Kashmir Valley, while the force of heavy downpour alongside snow will be seen throughout the following two days i.e. Saturday and Sunday. 

Mukhtar Ahmed, Deputy Director of Srinagar Meteorological Department says, "Serious downpour along with snow is predicted in Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh areas. Normal downpour and snowfall will start at certain spots in Kashmir on the thirteenth evening and from that point there will be a gradual increase in the snowfall and rain during the following days of November 14th and 15th and then the force will progressively diminish after Sunday evening. 

IMD has issued forecast and according to that substantial snowfall and downpour is expected in the upper regions of the Kashmir Valley, which include Gulmarg, Sonamarg, Baramulla, Qazigund, Bandipora (Gurez and Tulail Valley) and Kupwara (Karnal Sector). Similarly, for Jammu, Shopian, Qazigund-Banihal, and PirPanjal will get affected. Apart from J&K, a few areas from Ladakh, which include DrassGumri and Meenmarg and Zanska will also get influenced.   

Landslides may likewise happen in delicate territories of Jammu to Srinagar and Srinagar to Leh National Highway. This will likewise influence apple and rural tasks as air and road transport will likewise get influenced.  

Because of changes in climate, day temperatures can drop definitely though night temperature can go underneath 0 degree Celsius. With the beginning of November month in Kashmir, the temperature has seen a severe drop and the cold episode which is creating major issues for the average folks in the region and is constantly expanding. The day and night temperatures, are as of now are already running below ordinary times. 

For the last four months, J&K has been encountering an abnormal drought with scarcely any precipitation happening in the region. All waterways, lakes, streams and springs in the valley are following at their most reduced shape and size. It is expected that the water stores in the mountains would get recharged by the normal snowfall. It is these water stores that provide all the water of J&K throughout the summer months for farming fields and water for hydropower usage. 

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