During the winter season, northern parts of Pakistan are affected by weather systems known as Western disturbances. This system is the reason that gives rain and snow over the country along with hilly states of North India including Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand.
At present, weather is cold and dry over most parts of the country. However, due to a Western Disturbance over North Pakistan, light rain and snow was witnessed at isolated places of Malakand division and Gilgit-Baltistan.
During the last 24 hours, Bundogol received 3 inches of snowfall, followed by Goline, which recorded 2 inches of snowfall. Other stations include Kalam, Hunza and Quetta which managed to get light rains.
Weathermen say mainly dry and cold weather is expected across the country. However, light rains with snow over the higher reaches are likely to continue at isolated places in Malakand, Hazara, Quetta, Zhob divisions, upper FATA, Gilgit-Baltistan, Kashmir and its adjoining hilly areas. Thereafter, the weather will go dry as the system will move away.
Many districts also recorded low minimum temperatures including Skardu -13°C, Parachinar -05°C, Malamjabba -04°C, Bagrote -02°C and Hunza -01°C.
Another fresh Western Disturbance is likely to affect northern and central parts of Pakistan by February 18. This system is likely to give rain and snowfall over the region.
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