Malakand, Hazara, Murree, Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) and Kashmir divisions have received 22.5 inches of snow so far.
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Malakand, Hazara, Murree, Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) and Kashmir divisions have received 22.5 inches of snow so far.
Pakistan faces unusually long winter, more snow expected

With an unusually long winter facing Pakistan this year, chief meteorologist of the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) Khalid Malik on Wednesday said Malakand, Hazara, Murree, Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) and Kashmir divisions have received 22.5 inches of snow so far.

In an interview with BBC Urdu, Malik said, "This winter, 50 per cent more snow has been recorded as compared to the previous years. By the end of the winter in March, as much as 50 inches of snow would have fallen."

He added, "More than 25 to 30 per cent rain has been recorded this winter in various parts of the country, due to which the Tarbela and Mangla dams level are also more than normal."






According to the PMD, cloudy weather conditions are expected in upper and central parts of the country. However, rain with thunderstorm and snowfall over the hills is expected at scattered places in Quetta, Zhob, Kalat, Malakand, Hazara, Kohat, Bannu divisions along with Kashmir and G-B.

Rawalpindi, Lahore, Gujranwala, Sargodha, Faisalabad. Dera Ismail Khan, Peshawar, Mardan and Islamabad are also expected to receive rain with thunderstorms.

Moreover, temperatures as low as 3°C in Khuzdar and Zhob, 4°C in Kalat, 11°C in Panjgor and 15°C in Gawadar and Turbat were recorded.

Moreover, the PMD has said widespread rain with thunderstorm and gusty winds and snowfall over the hills can be expected in the next 24 hours in Malakand, Hazara, Mardan, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala divisions, along with Islamabad and Kashmir.