SRINAGAR: The MeT office on Tuesday issued an advisory regarding the forecast for heavy snowfall in parts of Jammu and Kashmir from February 29 to March 03.

This is how a Srinagar lane looks like when it is snow. People walking snow-covered road after fresh snowfall in Srinagar on February 23, 2022, KL Image: Bilal Bahadur

According to the advisory, an active Western disturbance is most likely to affect Jammu and Kashmir and adjoining areas from the evening of the 29th onwards.

The advisory indicates that under the influence of this system, widespread moderate rain and snow are expected in Jammu and Kashmir from the night of the 29th to the afternoon of March 3, with peak activity on March 2.

“The above system is most likely to cause heavy to very heavy rain and snow over the Pir Panjal Range of Jammu division and the middle and higher reaches of Kashmir Division (including Anantnag-Pahalgam, Kulgam, Sinthan Pass, Shupiyan-Pir Ki Gali, Sonamarg-Zojila, Bandipora-Razdan Pass, Gulmarg, and Kupwara-Sachna Pass),” it stated.

The advisory also warned that the weather activity may lead to disruption of surface and air transport, including the Jammu-Srinagar national highway and other major roads in the middle and higher reaches of Jammu and Kashmir.

The weather office advised people in snow-bound areas to avoid venturing into sloppy and avalanche-prone areas. It also highlighted the likelihood of landslides, mudslides, and shooting stones in vulnerable areas. Farmers were advised to withhold all farm operations during the first week of March.


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