Season’s major wet spell from Dec 11: Weatherman 

Issue advisory: Air, surface traffic likely to get affected; Asks farmers not to irrigate fields this week

Asif Iqbal   

Srinagar, Dec 6: Weatherman on Wednesday issued an advisory for fairly widespread rain and snow in Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh for five days beginning December 11. This will be the major wet spell during the current season, the weatherman said.

“A fresh Western Disturbance is most likely affect the state of  J&K from 11 to 15 December with moisture feeding taking place from the Arabian Sea.  Under the influence of this system, moderate to heavy rain/snow is expected at widespread places of Jammu, Kashmir & Ladakh region,” the weatherman said, adding that the main activity would be during December 12 and 13.

“The main activity of this system (moderate to heavy rainfall/snowfall) is likely to occur during 12-13th December and gradual decrease thereafter.” The weather system may lead to disruption of surface and air transportation like Highway (Srinagar-Leh, Srinagar-Jammu, Mughal Road etc, the official said.

Regarding agriculture, the weatherman said it will bring relief to farmers especially who had sown Rabi crops in plains of Kashmir and Jammu region and overall improvement in soil moisture. “Hence farmers are advised not to irrigate the fields this week,” the official said.

In general warning, the weatherman said that higher reaches of Kashmir, Ladakh and Hilly area of Jammu most are likely to receive moderate to heavy snowfall during the period especial from December 12 and 13.

“Temperature: There will be significant fall in day temperature and slight rise in night temperature,” the official added.

Meanwhile, cold wave continued in Kashmir with the night temperature remaining several degrees below the freezing point.

Srinagar, recorded a low of minus 3.3 degrees Celsius, up by notches from the previous night’s minimum of minus 3.8C, this season’s coldest night.

The meteorological official said the summer capital of the state was the third coldest recorded place in the Valley after Gulmarg and Pahalgam. While the world famous ski-resort of Gulmarg remained the coldest place in Valley at minus 4.5 degrees Celsius, Pahalgam, the hill resort, which serves as a base camp for the annual Amarnath Yatra, recorded a low of minus 4.4 degrees Celsius—similar to what it recorded 24 hours earlier.

The mercury in Qazigund—the gateway town to Kashmir Valley—settled at a low of minus 3.2 degrees Celsius—down from minus 2.8 degrees Celsius on Tuesday.

The official said the north Kashmir Kupwara recorded a low of minus 3.2 degrees Celsius, against minus 5.1 degrees Celsius the previous night. He said Kokernag town of south Kashmir recorded a low of minus 1.4 degrees Celsius.

Leh, in Ladakh region, remained the coldest place in the State, registering a low of minus 11 degrees Celsius, exactly same as previous night.