The over two-month long dry spell in Jammu and Kashmir is likely to end as the Meteorological Department Sunday predicted fairly widespread rains in plains and snowfall in higher reaches from November 14 to 17 .
Low discharge in water bodies also impacted power generation in the valley with authorities citing it as one of the reasons for massive curtailment in the supply of electricity – 21 hour power cut in metered areas in a week and 42-hour outage every week in non-metered areas.
The wet spell from November 14 to November 17 will mark an end to the dry spell in the state, much to the relief of people who have been facing a lot of problems due to the prevailing conditions, including health issues and shortage of drinking water.
A Met spokesman said snowfall is expected in high-altitude areas of the state including the famous ski resort of Gulmarg, the star attraction for tourists visiting the valley during winter, besides Zaojilla pass along the Srinagar-Leh National Highway.
“The entire Pir Panchal range is expected to experience moderate snowfall,” he said.
The spokesman said the minimum temperature across the state is expected to rise due to a cloud cover in the coming days, while the day temperature is expected to fall by a few degrees Celsius.