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Snowfall in mountains: Kashmir weather to remain ‘erratic till mid-March’

The weather in Jammu and Kashmir is expected to remain erratic till the mid of March, the meteorological department said on Tuesday.

Fresh snowfall in the higher reaches and rain in the plains occurred in Jammu and Kashmir as the meteorological department forecast dry weather during the next 24 hours.

It was raining in the plains and snowing in the mountains late of Tuesday evening.

Sonam Lotus, director of the meteorological department said that the weather will remain erratic till March 15. “We expect intermittent rain with thunderstorms and snow over higher reaches mainly during March 11 to 13,” he said.

Urging farmers to suspend their operations, for the time being, Lotus said that the weather may affect highways on the Banihal-Ramban stretch and in Zojila as the precipitation was likely to cause landslides and snow slides.

“Farmers are advised to avoid spraying orchards and other farm operations till March 15,” he said.

Rain and snow have lashed parts of the Kashmir valley intermittently since Sunday improving the night temperatures but bringing down the mercury during the day.

Gulmarg recorded 37cm of fresh snowfall during in the past 24 hours.

Srinagar recorded 5.2 degrees Celsius, Pahalgam 2.1, and Gulmarg minus 2.0 as the minimum temperature of the day.

Leh town of Ladakh recorded minus 2.5, Kargil minus 4.4, and Drass minus 10.5 as the night’s lowest temperature.

While Jammu city had 19.3, Katra 12.8, Batote 6.6, Banihal 4.8, and Bhaderwah 3.2 as the minimum temperature.

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