Srinagar: Weatherman issued an “orange alert” on Tuesday as the current snowfall weather system is expected to “intensify”. The meteorological office has already issued an advisory for snowfall in J & until January 9.
“As expected, the weather is overcast at J&K with widespread light rain / snow and moderate snow on the heights,” an official from the MeT office told GNS.
“The current weather is likely to intensify as the day progresses. Expect moderate snow / rain in the plains and heavy snowfall on the higher stretches with main activity later overnight and tomorrow in Jammu and Kashmir.
The meteorologist issued an orange / orange warning for “isolated heavy snowfall”.
There are four types of color codes indicating the level of caution: green which means no action, yellow – a situation to watch out for, amber – government agencies should be prepared for inclement weather, and red – action required by agencies.
The meteorological office urged people not to venture into areas prone to avalanches and landslides except when absolutely necessary. “Keep the power / emergency lighting (in case of power failure),” the MeT office said, adding: “Drive very slowly and at low speed when driving in a snowy area. “
Two successive western disturbances affect Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh and neighboring regions until January 9 (morning).
Under the influence of these weather systems, the meteorologist said moderate and widespread rains and snow were expected in the regions of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh. “Light rain / snow would start in a few places in Kashmir from January 3 evening and thereafter increase in intensity and distribution,” the advisory read, adding: “The main activity of this system will be the occurrence of moderate to heavy rain / snow, most likely on January 5 and 8 and gradually diminishing thereafter.
The system is likely to cause heavy rain and snow mainly in the Pirpanjal Range of Jammu Division (Bhadcrwah to Banihal), the upper reaches of Kashmir (Gulmarg, Sonamarg, Baramulla and Kupwara, and the Drass Subdivision in Ladakh.
Regarding the probable impacts, the meteorological advisory indicates that there could be a disruption of land and air transport, in particular the Jammu-Srinagar highway, the Srinagar-Leh highway (Zojila pass), Leh-Manali, the Mughal road and the Sadhna pass.
“(there are) risks of snow avalanches and landslides in vulnerable areas in addition to disruption of power supply in hilly areas.”
There may be waterlogging in low areas in addition to a further drop in daytime temperatures, he said.
“People in snow-covered areas should avoid venturing into slippery areas during heavy snowfall,” the advisory read, adding: “People are also advised to maintain good ventilation.” (GNS)
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