New Delhi: Heavy to very heavy snowfall alert has been issued across Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh for Monday and Tuesday.  A moderate spell is expected over the region from January 24 to January 26.

BP Yadav, Head of IMD’s regional Meteorological Centre was quoted by Times of India as saying, “We have issued a red alert in J&K from Saturday till Tuesday, and in Himachal Pradesh for Monday and Tuesday, as very heavy snow/ rain is expected in parts of the region. For Uttarakhand, a lower level alert has been issued for heavy snowfall on Monday and Tuesday.”

 Private weather forecast agency Skymet Weather tweeted on Sunday, ” Heavy rain, snow to hit hills and plains of North India.”

The satellite images of NASA clearly portrays the difference between the snowfall this season and last January which was a dry month. The snowfall is likely to be heavy due to the onset of at least six active western disturbances, against a normal of four to five. According to an India Meteorological Department (IMD) release, “Two western disturbances in quick succession would be affecting northwest India during the next one week. The first would be quite intense and favourably located to cause severe weather across northwest India from January 19 to 22 with peak intensity on January 21.”

The snowfall in Kashmir led to the cancellation of flights and delays at the Srinagar airport, said officials on Saturday. An Airports Authority of India (AAI) official said, “Few flights have been cancelled today because of bad weather, while most others have been delayed.”

(With Agency inputs)