LAHORE: Another strong westerly system is expected to give widespread heavy rain and snowfall over the hills from Saturday (tomorrow) to Monday, causing landslides in the upper parts of the country, including Kashmir.

According to the Met department on Thursday, another strong westerly weather system is likely to enter western parts of Balochistan on Friday (night) and grip most parts of the country on Sunday.

Under the influence of this weather system, widespread rain with snowfall over the hills is expected in Balochistan on Saturday and Sunday. Heavy rainfall is expected in Gwadar, Kech, Panjgur, Chagai, Quetta, Mastung and Kalat districts during the period.

Widespread rain (few moderate to isolated heavy falls) with snowfall over the hills is expected in all districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab, Islamabad, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir from Saturday (night) to Monday.

Rain is also expected in all districts of Sindh during Saturday (night) and Sunday.

Heavy falls may generate flash flooding in Turbat, Kech, Panjgur, Kalat, Quetta and Zhob on Saturday and Sunday.

Heavy snowfall is also expected in districts of Quetta, Harnai, Ziarat, Qilla Abdullah and Pishin during the period.

Heavy snowfall is also expected in Chitral, Dir, Swat, Shangla, Buner, Mansehra, Abbottabad, Kohistan, Neelam Valley, Bagh and Haveli districts from Sunday to Monday. Murree and Galiayat may also receive heavy snowfall during the period.

Possibility of landslides cannot be ruled out in districts of Malakand, Hazara, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir during the period.

Published in Dawn, January 10th, 2020

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