Another spell of rain, snow likely in Valley today

Srinagar: The Meteorological Department today said a fresh spell of rain and snow was likely to occur across the Kashmir valley as two western disturbance systems were fast approaching the region.The department, in its morning forecast bulletin, said that fairly widespread to widespread rain and snow was likely to occur in the region on Saturday and Sunday. It said the downpour was also likely to continue on Monday and would reduce in intensity on Tuesday.The latest spell of precipitation will be caused by two western disturbance systems which are fast approaching the region.The department warned that heavy rain and snowfall was “very likely at isolated places” on Saturday, while “heavy to very heavy rain and snow is very likely at isolated places” on Sunday.The rain is also expected in Jammu division, where the main activity is likely on Sunday, the department said.The Valley has received heavy precipitation this winter, ending one of a longest dry spells in the region which lasted four months till the beginning of January.The region received four major spells of snowfall this winter, triggering avalanches and causing lengthy blockades of the highway connecting Kashmir and Jammu divisions.As the winter’s harshest phase, during which the night temperature plunged several degrees below the zero point, is already over, the minimum temperatures have registered a significant increase.The overnight temperature in Srinagar was recorded at a low of 5.1°C.