The Northern Indian States of Kashmir and H.P. have been witnessing heavy rain and snowfall for the past four days, disrupting traffic on the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway. This latest Western Disturbance had approached toward Jammu and Kashmir from 5 February and continued pouring rain/snow till the 8th.
Vehicular traffic to upper parts of Shimla district has been disrupted due to snowfall at Narkanda and Khara Pathhar
Manali too had a fresh spell of snow.
Keylong recorded snowfall of 55 cm, Kalpa-30 cm, Udaipur-37 cm, Dhindi-121 cm, Solangnala-91 cm, Manali-25 cm, Patsio-28 cm, Nichar-38 cm and Rakcham- 34 cm on 8th.Feb.
On 7th, the snow fall recieved was, Simla 49mm, Srinagar 39mm and Kalpa 28mm,
Dhundi in Kullu recorded maximum snowfall of 260 cm, while Hatu Peak in Shimla and Churdhar in Sirmour recorded over 100 cm. Shimla and surrounding areas were lashed by intermittent sleet.
Other heavy rainfall figures in H.P. as on 8th, were Saloni -94, Gohar -68, Karsog -65, Rampur -61, Kandaghat -59, Baijnath -58, Kotkhai & Sunni Bhajji -54 each, Banjar -50, Rajgarh -46, J /Nagar -42, Kasol & Kahu -37 each, Rohru, Kumarsen, Amb & Theog -35 each, Bangana & Renuka -30 each. Kalpa recieved 52cms of snow.
Also, high peaks, including the ranges of famous Manimahesh lake, Jalsu, Kugti, Chobia, Chehni, Saach and Padhri passes had been covered under heavy snow.
The Kangar valley on Monday reeled under cold wave conditions with the Dhauladhar experiencing heavy snowfall.
The tourist destinations near Dharamsala, including Mcleodganj, Dharamkot, Naddi, and Bhagsunag, received snowfall after a span of two years. The tourist destinations and headquarters of Tibetan leader, the Dalai Lama, wore white mantle.
The snow in Mcleodganj was just about two inches. However, in adjoining stations like Dharamkot, Naddi, and Bhagsunag, it was about one feet.
Meanwhile, the tourist town of Manali and adjoining areas experienced season’s heaviest snow
The 13,050-ft-high Rohtang Pass, the gateway to tribal district of Lahaul-Spiti, experienced the season’s heaviest snowfall. The Pir Panjal ranges, Bhrigu ski slopes, Hamta slopes, Chanderkhani pass, Marhi meadows, Gulaba, Kothi, Dhundi also had moderate to heavy snowfall
Various areas of the Kashmir Valley, particularly in north Kashmir, have been cut off from the rest of the state due to heavy accumulation of snow in the upper reaches and high mountain areas. Gulmarg and Khilanmarg areas are under three to five feet snow accumulated during the past four days.
The holy cave shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi and Patnitop, a famous tourist destination, today witnessed season’s first snowfall on the 7th./8th.
The ski-resort of Gulmarg received 180 centimetres of snow, Kupwara 31.8 mm, while Qazigund received 7.2 mm, Pahalgam 4.2 mm and Kokernag 6.1mm of rain/snow, and the tourist resort of Sonamarg received 3 feet snow on Monday 8th...
Heavy snowfall continued in the upper reaches of Varmul, Kupwara, Bandipora, Uri, Shopian and tourist resorts of Gulmarg and Pahalgam.
In Pakistan, the Western Disturbance had also resulted in heavy snowfall over the hills of Murree and the complete frontier regions hills.
The W.D. was very active and precipitation was exteremly heavy in Pakistan too. On the 7th, very heavy rain was recorded in Saidu Sharif 250mm , Between 30-70mm in many other cities.
Again on the 8th. the precipitation was heavy with heavy rain/snow , many cities saw "ultra" heavy rains, like, Pattan (NWFP) 105,Murree 97, Abbotabad 77,Mundibhaudin 69, Jehlum 67, Islamabad 53,Dir 51,Saidu-sharif 50 & Rawalpindi 40.