India Weather Forecast (Today Feb 26): Assam, Meghalaya, Kerala to experience isolated rains and thunderstorms
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India's Weather forecast for February 26

Heavy rain/snow is very likely at isolated places over Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh for the rest of today, February 25. Widespread rain/snow and thunderstorms are expected over Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh. Scattered rain/snow and thunderstorms are on the cards over Himachal Pradesh. Isolated rain/snow and thunderstorms are possible over Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim, while isolated rain and thunderstorms are possible over Assam, Meghalaya, and Kerala.

Heavy rain/snow is very likely at isolated places over Jammu & Kashmir, Ladakh, and Himachal Pradesh. Widespread rain/snow and thunderstorms are on the horizon over Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh. Fairly widespread rain/snow and thunderstorms are expected over Himachal Pradesh. Isolated rain/snow and thunderstorms are possible over Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, and Uttarakhand, while just isolated rain and thunderstorms are on the cards over Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, and Kerala.

India Weather Forecast (Today Feb 26): Assam, Meghalaya, Kerala to experience isolated rains and thunderstorms
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5-Day Nationwide Weather Forecast

A western disturbance and an induced cyclonic circulation are located over North Pakistan and could persist for the next 2 or 3 days. The systems are expected to affect the Western Himalayan Region in this period, causing widespread snow or rain with thunderstorms over Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh, and scattered to fairly widespread snow or rain with thunderstorms over Himachal Pradesh from Thursday to Saturday. Further, heavy rain/snow is very likely at isolated places over Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh on Thursday and Friday, and over Himachal Pradesh on Friday. Scattered snow or rain with thunderstorms are on the cards over Uttarakhand on Saturday. Isolated rain is possible over the plain areas of Northern India on Friday and Saturday.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has also forecast isolated hailstorms over Jammu, Kashmir, Ladakh, Gilgit, Baltistan, Muzaffarabad on February 25, and over Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand on 26th February. In view of these predictions, an orange alert has been issued over Jammu, Kashmir, and Ladakh on Thursday, and over Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand on Friday. The advisory urges residents to 'be prepared' for rough weather.

A cyclonic circulation is located over Northeast India and is set to produce isolated snow or rain and thunderstorms over Northeast India in this period. Dry weather is likely over other areas in this forecast period. Maximum temperatures will be slightly warmer or warmer than normal across India in this forecast period, whereas minimum temperatures will be warmer than normal over North India and slightly warmer over South India in this period.

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India Weather Forecast (Today Feb 26): Assam, Meghalaya, Kerala to experience isolated rains and thunderstorms
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India Weather Forecast (Today Feb 26): Assam, Meghalaya, Kerala to experience isolated rains and thunderstorms
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2 Days rain & snow forecast

With heavy precipitation likely to come Jammu & Kashmir’s way over the next 48 hours, the Srinagar-Leh highway will be reopened for traffic only after the forecasted conditions subside—on Sunday, February 28. According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), an ongoing western disturbance is expected to bring widespread rainfall/snowfall and isolated thunderstorms over Jammu, Kashmir, Ladakh, Gilgit, Baltistan, and Muzaffarabad over the next three days. Furthermore, the aforementioned territories will also experience isolated hailstorms on Thursday, and isolated heavy rainfall/snowfall conditions on Thursday and Friday. In view of this forecast, the IMD has issued an orange alert over Jammu, Kashmir, and Ladakh on Thursday, with the advisory urging its residents to ‘be prepared’ for rough conditions.

And as part of these precautionary measures, the Srinagar-Leh highway will remain closed until this system subsides, and reopen for the public directly on February 28, as per the border roads organization (BRO). Ahead of the scheduled opening, heavy machinery and daredevil workforce are likely to be deployed to clear-out the road and make it safe for traffic passage. Post reopening, several advisories will also be issued in view of the slippery road conditions and avalanche warnings, including allowing the plying of vehicles with chains for both HMVs and LMVs and one-way traffic at Zojila pass to avoid accidents.

Moreover, the divisional commissioner has directed the BRO to provide logistic support to BSNL and Reliance Jio networks to resume cellular connectivity, in order to ensure mobile connectivity for travelers along the highway in case of emergencies. He has also directed the Chief Engineer of BRO to provide accommodation, food, petrol, and other kinds of assistance to the travelers during emergencies along the highway. If the BRO is able to stick to this schedule, it will achieve a feat never done before by opening the highway at the earliest point of the year. Otherwise, each year, this treacherous highway that passes through the Zojila Pass is only thrown open for traffic by the end of April or the beginning of May.

Meanwhile, the minimum temperatures in Jammu-Kashmir and Ladakh have continued to maintain an upward trend, as evident from the buds that are starting to sprout on trees in the Valley. During the early hours of Thursday, Srinagar recorded 7.4°C, Pahalgam 3.2°C, and Gulmarg -0.6°C as their minimum temperatures. Further, Leh town of Ladakh had -3.8°C, Kargil -2.5°C, and Drass -2.8°C as the night's lowest mercury levels. Lastly, Jammu city recorded 16.3°C, Katra 16.2°C, Batote 7.5°C, Banihal 7.2°C, and Bhaderwah 6.6°C as their respective minimum temperatures.

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