Fresh snowfall expected in J-K due to western disturbance

Fresh snowfall and rains are expected in Jammu and Kashmir in the next four days due to fresh western disturbances in the state, weather department

said today.

The MeT department has forecast heavy snowfall and rains at isolated places in Jammu and Kashmir due to increased precipitation in a day which is likely to disrupt surface and air transport system in the state.

Director of MeT department Sonum Lotus in an advisory warned that a fresh western disturbance over the state and adjoining areas is likely to affect the weather of the region for four days beginning today.

"The main activity will occur on February 21 and 22," Lotus said.

Lotus said the weather system is likely to disrupt surface and air transport systems of the state.

"Under the influence of this weather system, light to moderate rain and snowfall will occur at most places in Kashmir and Jammu region, while at some places along Pirpanjal Range may receive rather heavy rain and snowfall," the MeT department Director said.

Very light to light snowfall is also likely at few places in Ladakh region particularly along Drass, Kargil and Zanskar regions, Lotus said.

He said the "weather system" is likely to move in a south-east direction of the state.

The Jammu- Srinagar National Highway, the only road link with rest of the country, often remains closed for vehicular traffic during bad weather as the arterial road passes through Pir Panjal mountain range.

This winter, the air traffic from and into Srinagar airport has also remained suspended several times due to bad weather which affects the visibility around the airport.

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