eavy snowfall will start from northwest Kashmir, Pirpanjal, Gulmarg, Sonamarg Zojila Drass axis and gradually affect the entire valley, hilly areas of Jammu and some parts of Ladakh especially Kargil, Zanskar and higher reaches of Leh this evening, MeT office said on Monday.
MeT had predicted a two-day wet spell from Monday onwards and the possibility of heavy snowfall in plains, higher reaches and parts of south Kashmir.
The Valley is witnessing the 40-day period of harshest winter which is locally called Chillai Kalan. During Chillai Kalan, the coldest period of winter, which is observed between December 21 and January 31, temperature drops considerably and the chances of snowfall are most during this period, particularly in the higher reaches.
The heavy snowfall at the Jawahar Tunnel has already led to the closure of the Srinagar-Jammu highway.
The MeT forecast says from January 4 to January 6, snowfall would be widespread with chances of heavy snow across the region particularly over Pir Panchal range, Chenab valley, and various districts of south Kashmir. “This may lead to a disruption of surface and air transportation and waterlogging,” the MeT said.