National Weather Forecasting Centre, Islamabad
Pakistan Meteorological Department
Ministry of Aviation (Aviation Division) - Government of Pakistan

PR: NWFC-5(10A)/2017/21
Tel: 051-9250364
Fax: 051-9250368
Issue Date: 27 Jan, 2023 1108 PST

Rain with snowfall over the hills predicted in Western & Upper parts of the country from Saturday to Monday

Met Office informed that a westerly wave is likely to enter western parts on Saturday, and likely to grip upper parts on Sunday and may persist till Monday (afternoon). Under the influence of this weather system:

  • Rain-wind/thunderstorm with isolated hailstorm (snowfall over the hills) is expected in Murree, Galliyat, 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, Manshera, Haripur, Kohistan, Abbottabad from 28th (evening/night) to 30th January, while in Islamabad, Pothohar region, Gujranwala, Gujrat, Hafizabad, Mandi Bahauddin, Sialkot, Narowal, Lahore, Faisalabad, Toba Tek Singh, Jhang, Kasur, Sheikhupura, Nankana Sahib, Khushab, Mianwali, Sargodha, Karak, Peshawar, Charsada, Nowshera, Swabi, Buner, Bajaur, Kurram, Waziristan, Kohat, Bannu and Dera Ismail Khan on 29th & 30th January.
  • Light to moderate rain-wind/thunderstorm with snowfall over the hills is expected in Quetta, Zhob, Barkhan, Harnai, Qila Saifullah, Qillah Abdullah, Chamman, Pishin, Panjgur, Turbat, Khuzdar, Kalat and Makran coast on 28th (evening/night) & 29th January. Light rain is also expected in Bhakkar, Layyah, Multan, Dera Ghazi Khan, Sukkur, Bahawalpur, Sahiwal, Okara and Pakpattan during the period.

Possible Impacts:

  • Moderate to isolated heavy snowfall may disrupt and cause closure of roads in Murree, Galiyat, Naran, Kaghan, Dir, Swat, Kohistan, Mansehra, Abbottabad, Shangla, Astore, Hunza, Skardu, Neelum valley, Bagh, Poonch and Haveli from 28th (night) to 30th January. Landslides in Upper Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Murree, Galiyat, Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan may also occur during the forecast period.
  • Tourists are advised to remain extra cautious during the spell.
  • Rain will be beneficial for the standing crops particularly in Barani areas of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
  • Temperatures are likely to fall (02-04) °C after the spell.

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


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