Jammu, November 15: Heavy rainfall and snowfall is likely to lash parts of Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh on Friday, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said. The weather agency informed that the change in weather is caused due to a western disturbance. Under its influence, fairly widespread to widespread rain/snow is likely over Jammu & Kashmir and scattered to fairly widespread rain/snow over Himachal Pradesh along with isolated heavy precipitation during next 24 hours.
Earlier this week, the meteorological department said that the union territories of Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh are likely to witness snowfall and rains for three days starting Thursday. It had predicted widespread snowfall in the Kashmir Valley and Ladakh from Thursday to Saturday and in Jammu on Friday and Saturday. Jammu and Kashmir Weather Forecast: Heavy Snowfall to Disrupt Air, Surface Traffic.
Several areas in Jammu and Kashmir recorded temperatures below the season’s average. Srinagar, which is reeling under intense cold after the season’s first snowfall last week, marked the day temperature at 7.2 degrees Celsius against the previous day’s 7.4 degrees Celsius. According to reports, Katra, the famous town which serves as the base camp for the pilgrims visiting Mata Vaishno Devi shrine in Reasi district, recorded a high of 22.4 degrees Celsius and a low of 12.6 degrees Celsius.
Meanwhile, heavy snowfall was reported in parts of Himachal Pradesh from the past one week. The Rohtang Pass and Marhi areas of Kullu district in Himachal Pradesh received heavy snowfall during the last three days. According to IMD, scattered to fairly widespread rain and snowfall is likely to take place over Himachal Pradesh during the next 48 hours. The MeT Department has issued a yellow weather warning for rain and snowfall in Himachal Pradesh for November 15. Meanwhile, the Shimla Meteorological Centre has forecast heavy rain and snowfall in isolated places of middle and high hills of the state on Friday.