Early Snowfall in Northern Pakistan

Upper parts of Pakistan received the first snowfall of the winter 2019. The snowfall, which started Friday evening turned the weather cold and the traffic between Gilgit-Baltistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa via Kaghan Valley road was suspended.

According to National Highway Authority, the road was blocked from Babusar Top up to Jalkhad. The Naran highway leading to Gilgit has been closed for vehicular traffic as Babusar Top, Chilas, Deosai and Nanga Parbat received first spell of the winter snowfall.

Snowfall over high mountains is also expected in Malakand division and Gilgit Baltistan on today, Pakistan Meteorological Department said in its forecast. Recently the upper parts of Astore valley in Gilgit-Baltistan had received heavy snowfall dipping the mercury and restricting people to their houses. The upper regions of Diamer district including Nanga Parbat and Batogah Top had also received snowfall, which dipped temperatures bringing chilly weath in all parts of Diamer district.

According to local people snowfall usually began in November, but this year it started earlier in the beginning of October.