The year 2019 began with widespread rain and snowfall activities over the hills of North India. In fact, many parts of Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand have been receiving good rain and snow since January 1, with short breaks in between.
These on and off widespread rain and snowfall activities have been attributed to the successive active Western Disturbances approaching the Western Himalayas. The consequent snowfall activity since last many days have already brought life to standstill across the hilly states, particularly Kashmir. Several arterial roads and highways have been shut, while schools are also closed.
Now another active Western Disturbance is expected to affect Jammu and Kashmir region by January 10 afternoon. This Western Disturbance will persist for the coming three days between January 10 and 13. Thus, we can say that, scattered rain and snow is likely to commence over Jammu and Kashmir during the next 24 hours. Gradually, Himachal Pradesh and parts of Uttarakhand will also start receiving rain and snowfall.
Intensity of snow will be heavy on January 12 and during that time we expect few heavy spells of snow to occur over many parts of Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh.
Heavy snow may also cause disruption to people’s day to day life such as road blockages, power cut etc. Moreover, due to continuous snowfall, chances of avalanche have also increased over many districts of Jammu and Kashmir.
The avalanche prone districts of Jammu and Kashmir include Poonch, Rajouri, Reasi, Ramban, Doda, Kishtwar, Udhampur, Anantnag, Kulgam, Budgam, Ganderbal and Leh. However, January 14 onwards, weather will clear up, as the Western Disturbance will move away eastwards.
It would be the time, when we can expect some relief extreme chilly weather conditions. Clear sky would lead to rise in day maximums.
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