In the latest weather update, Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has predicted rain and snowfall in different parts of Pakistan from Wednesday to Friday.
According to the weather update, a a westerly wave is likely to enter North Balochistan on 10th January (night), and likely to grip upper parts on 11th January (Wednesday).
Under the weather system, Rain and snowfall (isolated heavy fall) is expected in Quetta, Zhob, Barkhan, Ziarat, Nokkundi, Dalbandin, Harnai, Qilla Saifullah, Qilla Abdullah, Chaman, Muslim Bagh and Pishin on 10th (night) & 11th January.
Rain (moderate to isolated heavy snowfall) is expected in Murree, Galiyat, Kashmir (Neelum valley, Muzaffarabad, Poonch, Hattian, Bagh, Haveli, Sudhanoti, Kotli, Bhimber, Mirpur), Gilgit Baltistan (Diamir, Astore, Ghizer, Skardu, Hunza, Gilgit, Ghanche, Shigar), Chitral, Dir, Swat, Malakand, Kohistan, Mansehra and Abbottabad from 11th to 13th January.
Moderate rain is also expected in Islamabad, Pothohar region, Charsadda, Bajaur, Kurram, Waziristan, Kohat, Bannu, Karak, Peshawar, Nowshera, Swabi, Sargodha, Mianwali, Khushab, Bhakkar, Layyah, Faisalabad, Toba Tek Singh, Jhang, Gujranwala, Gujrat, Hafizabad, Sialkot, Narowal, Sheikhupura, Nankana Sahib, Kasur, Sahiwal, Okara and Lahore from 11th to 13th January. Light rain may occur along Makran coast, D. I Khan, D. G. Khan, Muzaffargarh, Multan, Khanewal and Pakpattan on 11th & 12th January
Heavy snowfall may disrupt and cause closure roads in Murree, Galiyat, Naran, Kaghan, Dir, Swat, Kohistan, Mansehra, Abbottabad, Shangla, Astore, Hunza, Skardu, Neelum valley, Bagh, Poonch and Haveli from 11th to 13th January. Furthermore, there is possibility of landslides in Upper Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan and tourists are advised to remain extra cautious during the spell.
Moreover, the rain will be beneficial for the standing crops particularly in parts of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and foggy conditions are likely to subside during the forecast period. Meanwhile, temperatures are likely to fall significantly during and after the spell.
The PMD has advised all concerned authorities to remain alert in order to avoid an untoward situation during the forecast period.
Meanwhile, the schools and colleges in Punjab and Islamabad have reopened despite a wave of cold spell and parents demand to extend winter vacations.