May 28, 2024

Moderate western disturbance expected to bring snowfall to J&K and Ladakh: Lotus

Sonam Lotus, a distinguished meteorologist and former Director of the Meteorological Center in Srinagar, currently leads the Meteorological Center in Leh has issued a weather advisory, indicating the likelihood of a moderate Western Disturbance bringing light to moderate snowfall across Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh from January 26th to 28th.
Lotus, however, cautioned that the forecast is subject to change, adding an element of uncertainty to the upcoming weather conditions.
The dry weather currently gripping the region has heightened concerns among residents, particularly those dependent on agriculture. Many believe that snowfall and rain are crucial for agricultural activities and replenishing water resources. The prolonged dry spell has led to a visible impact on streams and water sources, exacerbating worries about water scarcity.

“Today’s analysis indicates that:
A Moderate #WesterDisturbance is Likely to cause Light to Moderate Snowfall at Many places during 26-28th Jan. in J&K and Ladakh. Forecast is subject to change”, Sonam wrote on X.

In the midst of this, the winter chill has tightened its grip on Kashmir, with Srinagar recording a bone-chilling temperature of minus 4.6°C. The drop in minimum temperature adds to the challenges faced by locals, especially with the anticipation of dry weather persisting.

Addressing the current weather conditions, a meteorological official stated, “Generally cloudy weather with light rain and snow over isolated middle & higher reaches is expected during January 16th & 20th night.”

However, there is no significant weather activity anticipated until January 24th, with the possibility of light rain and snow at scattered places from January 25th to 27th, according to various models. Updates will be provided as the situation evolves in the coming days.


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