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Kashmir Snowfall Prediction forecast, Snow Likely from 24th of January: MET

After enduring an extended period of dry weather, Kashmir is likely to experience a change in climatic conditions next week, with the possibility of light snow and rain. The meteorological department, on Friday, announced that the prevailing dry spell in the valley is expected to conclude with precipitation forecasted for the coming days.

According to the weather office, the dry weather is expected to persist until January 24, with generally cloudy conditions on Saturday evening. On January 25, there is a likelihood of light snow at isolated locations in the higher reaches of Jammu and Kashmir. From January 26 to 28, the forecast indicates the possibility of light rain or snow over scattered places in the region.

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As per meteorological models, the period from January 29 to 31 is anticipated to bring about light to moderate rain or snow at numerous places in the valley. The prolonged dry spell had resulted in freezing nights and warmer-than-usual days, contributing to a 79% rainfall deficit recorded for December. The first half of January witnessed no precipitation in most parts of the valley.

Currently in the grip of “Chilla-i-Kalan,” a 40-day harsh winter period characterized by a cold wave, the region experiences considerable temperature drops leading to the freezing of water bodies and pipes. The highest probability of snowfall is during this period. While ‘Chilla-i-Kalan’ is set to conclude on January 31, cold conditions are expected to persist with a 20-day ‘Chilla-i-Khurd’ (small cold) and a 10-day ‘Chilla-i-Bachha’ (baby cold).

Srinagar city, Qazigund, Gulmarg, Pahalgam, Kokernag, and Kupwara are among the areas where temperatures have dropped significantly. Srinagar recorded a minimum temperature of minus 4.9 degrees Celsius, Qazigund at minus 5 degrees, Gulmarg at minus 3.6 degrees, Pahalgam at minus 6.3 degrees, Kokernag at minus 1.4 degrees, and Kupwara at minus 5 degrees Celsius.

The residents of Kashmir are hopeful that the predicted precipitation will bring much-needed relief from the dry conditions and contribute to the region’s winter landscape. The weather office advises locals to stay updated on the evolving weather conditions and take necessary precautions during the anticipated changes in the coming week.

Zehr Un Nisa

Zehr Un Nisa is a content writer with 4+ years of experience in the education and career domains. She is a graduate in Political Science from Delhi University and has previously worked with Jagran Josh and JKYouth.com. She can be reached at Zehrunnisa4@gmail.com & zehrunnisa@jkyouth.in.
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