Rain, Snow forecast for next 4 days across valley: MET

The Meteorological department on Tuesday issued an advisory for Jammu and Kashmir predicting moderate rain or snow over the state between October 31 and November 3, which could lead to temporary closure of highways. The advisory issued by Sonam Lotus, director Meteorological department said a spell of light to moderate rain and snow is likely over higher reaches of the mountainous state from the night of October 31 to November 3, with maximum intensity on November 1 and 2. The MET office said a fresh western disturbance is most likely…

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Rain, Snow expected across Kashmir Valley, Avalanche warning for high-altitude areas

Third wet spell of the winter is expected across Kashmir tonight and it is likely to bring heavy rain and snowfall in the region during the next two days, the meteorological department said. Downpour is expected to begin across the state tonight and it will last till Sunday. “Moderate to heavy rainfall and snowfall is likely to occur on Saturday and it will gradually decrease,” Mukhtar Ahmad, deputy director, Srinagar Meteorological Centre, said. Precipitation in Kashmir is mostly caused by the western disturbance, an extratropical storm originating in the Mediterranean…

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Rain, landslides force closure of NH for 2nd day

A continuous spell of moderate to heavy rain and intermittent snow triggered landslides, forcing the closure of the Jammu-Srinagar national highway for the second consecutive day today. The downpour, continuing with fewer pauses over the past 36 hours, triggered fresh landslides at several places along the national highway, the only road link connecting the Kashmir valley with Jammu division, an official of the state Traffic Department said. Two civilians died on Thursday when the vehicle in which they were travelling skidded off the highway and fell into a gorge during…

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Rain, Snow end dry spell in Kashmir valley

There was snowfall in the higher reaches of the Kashmir valley today while rain lashed the plains, breaking a long spell of cold and dry conditions ahead of the 40-day “Chillai Kalan”, less than two weeks away. The plains in the Valley received rain since early in the morning while the upper reaches received snow. The downpour led to respite from the freezing cold after nights with sub- zero temperatures. The Meteorological Department forecast widespread rain in the Valley and snowfall in the upper reaches during the next two days.…

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Rain, Snowfall in Kashmir leads to sharp drop in temperature

Incessant rain in the plains and snow in the hills on Sunday saw Kashmiris shivering as the maximum temperatures dropped by eight to 10 degrees below normal here. The traditional Kashmiri ‘pheran’ was worn by locals in the countryside today. The elderly locals were seen holding the earthen fire pots woven in wicker baskets called ‘kangri’ under their pherans. “It is like ‘Chillai Kalan’. I am wearing two jerseys under the pheran and still feeling cold,” said 75-year-old Ghulam Nabi of Ganderbal district. ‘Chillai Kalan’ is the 40-day period of…

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