Rains lash plains, snowfall in higher reaches

Weather to improve from today afternoon

Rains lashed Kashmir plains on Friday with higher reaches receiving fresh snowfall even as Meteorological Department has predicted improvement in weather from Saturday afternoon.

Director Meteorological Department Srinagar, Sonam Lotus, told that plains of Kashmir including Srinagar received rainfall and the higher reaches of Gulmarg, Sonamarg, Pahalgam and Kupwara received fresh snowfall.
Night temperatures across Kashmir, he said, registered a slight increase while there has been considerable drop in day temperature.
“The weather will improve from Saturday afternoon,” Lotus said, adding the dip in temperature will continue on Saturday.
MeT officials here said that after October 28 rains will lash plains and light to moderate snowfall is expected in higher reaches. They said that a fresh Western Disturbance is expected to affect North India from October 24 onwards. Currently the system, officials said, lies as an upper air circulation over northeast Afghanistan and is likely to give rain in parts of Jammu and Kashmir after October 28. The higher reaches could also experience snowfall. Possibility of isolated rain in the plains cannot be ruled out either. In view of this weather system, night temperatures will rise while the maximums will experience a drop, officials said.
MeT officials said that Western Disturbances become frequent on the onset of winter and are responsible for affecting the weather in the region to a large extent.
The officials said that Srinagar recorded a minimum temperature of 9.8 degrees Celsius and a maximum of 15.9 on Friday. Srinagar recorded 3.8 mm rain since last evening.

Traffic department officials said that Srinagar-Jammu Highway is open for two-way traffic. “Traffic is plying smoothly,” they said.

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