MeT Department Predicts ‘Heavy’ Snowfall, Warns of Avalanches

SRINAGAR: Meteorological Department has said that two successive western disturbances are most likely to affect union territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh and adjoining areas from January 3, evening to January 9, afternoon.

The department said that under influence of these weather systems widespread to moderate rain/snow is expected in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh regions. “Light rain snow would commence at few places from 3rd January evening and thereafter increase in intensity and distribution,” the statement said.

The statement said that the main activity of this system will be occurrence of moderate to heavy snow most likely during 5th and 8th January and gradual decrease thereafter.

“The system is likely to cause heavy rain and snow mainly in Pir Panjal range of Jammu division (from Baderwah to Banihal), upper reaches of Kashmir (Gulmarg, Sonamarg, Baramulla and Kupwara) and Drass subdivision of Ladakh UT.

The department warned that it may lead to disruption of surface and air transport including Srinagar and Jammu National Highway, Srinagar-Leh Highway (Zojila Pass), Leh-Manali Highway, Mughal Road, and Sadhna Pass

The department also warned about chances of snow avalanches and landslides in vulnerable areas and advised people not to venture into slopy areas during heavy snow. It also said that a further dip in temperatures is expected.

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