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Weathermen predict heavy to moderate snowfall in J&K, Ladakh as cyclone Maha approaches India

File photo of Snowfall in Jammu and Kashmir. Photograph:( ANI )

WION Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, India Nov 05, 2019, 04.23 PM (IST) Written By: Ieshan Bashir Wani

The Jammu and Kashmir meteorological department has predicted widespread moderate to heavy snowfall in the union territory from Wednesday this week, making the beginning of winter in Kashmir. 

As per MeT, an active western disturbance and its interaction with cyclone MAHA, which is currently lying over the East-central Arabian sea, is most likely to cause rain and snow in the Himalayan area. The disturbance will also be expected to cause a temporary disruption on surface transportation.

"This weather system is most likely to cause temporary disruptions on surface transportation especially overpasses like Zojila, Srinagar -Jammu, Leh-Manali Highway, Mughal Road, and other important passes," said a MeT official. 

This spell is also expected to bring temperatures down in Ladakh and Kashmir valley. Located at 11,575 feet high Zojila pass has already received snowfall but the heavy snowfall every year closed the 434-km Srinagar-Leh national highway for almost 4-5 months and disconnects Ladakh from rest of the world through road. 

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As per MeT, an active western disturbance and its interaction with cyclone MAHA, which is currently lying over the East-central Arabian sea, is most likely to cause rain and snow in the Himalayan area.