JK likely to witness moderate to heavy rains, snowfall between Feb 5-7

Srinagar, Feb 3: Though weather remained dry during the past 24 hours due to which mercury witnessed a surge, the sun was playing hide and seek in the Kashmir valley on Sunday.
A fresh Western Disturbance (WD), originating in Arabian sea and entering the region through Afghanistan and Pakistan, will touch the region on February 5 which will remain active till February 7 in the Jammu and Kashmir.
People continued to shiver in Ladakh region, where Drass, the second coldest place in the world after Siberia, recorded drop in the minimum temperature and settled at minus 22 degree against yesterdays minus 21.4 degree. At Leh and border town of Kargil also witnessed drop and settled at minus 12 degree and minus 16.4 degree minimum temperature respectively. All water bodies remained frozen.
A Met department spokesman said here Sunday afternoon that the weather will remain dry during the next 24 hours in the state. However, scattered to widespread rain or snow could occur during the subsequent two days.
There could be widespread rain and snow from February 5 to 7 in the Kashmir valley, he said adding this would follow isolated rain and snow.
The minimum temperature also witnessed surge in summer capital.
Against yesterdays minus 0.4 degree, the minimum temperature today was 1.2 degree which was about two degree above normal, spokesman said.
The sky would be generally cloudy and the maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 6 degree and one degree respectively in Srinagar during the next 24 hours. There was also improvement in the minimum temperature elsewhere in the valley.
The world famous health resort of Pahalgam recorded minus 9.2 degree minimum temperature against yesterdays minus 9.2 degree, about 2.5 notches below normal. At Gulmarg, famed ski resort the minimum temperature was minus 7 degree against minus 10.5 degree recorded yesterday.
The minimum temperature was minus 1.2 degree in Qazigund, gateway of Kashmir, Kokernag minus 1 degree and Kupwara minus 2.3 degree.