National Weather Forecasting Centre, Islamabad
Pakistan Meteorological Department

Press Release
Issue Date: 9 Jan, 2023 05:35 PM
Rain-snowfall over the hills predicted in Upper parts from Wednesday to Friday
Moderate to heavy snowfall in Mountainous/hilly areas

Met Office informed that 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 influence of this weather system:

  • Rain/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

Possible Impacts:

  • Heavy snowfall may disrupt and cause clouser of 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. Possibility of landslides in Upper Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan can’t be ruled out
  • Tourists are advised to remain extra cautious during the spell
  • Rain will be beneficial for the standing crops particularly in parts of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
  • Foggy conditions are likely to subside during the forecast period
  • Temperatures are likely to fall significantly during and after the spell.

NOTE: All concerned authorities are advised to remain “ALERT” to avoid any untoward situation during the forecast period.