Cold wave gripped entire Jammu region as the Western Disturbances (WDs) hit the State today leading to moderate rain across the State and snowfall at higher reaches whereas, the subzero temperatures continued across Kashmir and the pesky power cuts have made life of people miserable.
The snow and rain ends a month long dry spell in Kashmir as it has not rained or snowed since November 3.
The early snowfall this season has led the advanced winter in Kashmir and subzero temperatures in the month of November.
The spokesman further said that on December 11, there will be rain across the region and snowfall at the higher reaches.
Even on December 12, most of the parts of the region will remain cloudy. However, the weather will show improvement from December 13 onwards. He said the temperature will further fall in next two days.
Dr Mohinder Kumar, Chief Scientist from SKUAST Jammu said that due to western disturbances the weather in most parts of Jammu and Kashmir and adjoining states will remain cloudy. The cold winds will result into sharp fall in temperature. There will be rain in most parts of the state in next 48 hours and snowfall in Kashmir and many hilly areas of Jammu region.
The SKUAST Scientist further said that this rain is very beneficial for the farmers of Kandi belt of Jammu region and adjoining State. He said those farmers who could not sow their wheat, grams and mustard crops will have better opportunity to sow their cops.
Meanwhile, cold wave has gripped Jammu region since last evening. The cold waves were blowing in most of the plain areas, resulting into sharp decline in the temperature. The people were seen clad in heavy woolen clothes.
A MeT official said that Jammu recorded a minimum temperature of 7.9 degrees Celsius, Katra 8.0 deg C, Banihal 1.5 deg C, Bhaderwah 0.6 degrees C while day temperatures at these places settled at 21 degree Celsius, 18.4, 16.8 and 14.1deg C, respectively.
The minimum temperatures across Kashmir continued below freezing. Leh, Srinagar, Pahalgam and Gulmarg today were minus 5.5 degrees Celsius, minus 0.4, minus 3 and minus 6.3, respectively while the day temperatures at these places was recorded at 6.8 degrees Celsius, 9.6, 8.0 and 4.3, respectively, a MeT spokesman said.