Srinagar: Weatherman on Friday issued a red alert as it forecasts a “very heavy” snowfall in Jammu and Kashmir.
“IMD issues Red Colour (be vigilant) weather warning for JK for January 7,” an official of the MeT said.
Currently, it is snowing at most places of Kashmir and hilly areas of Jammu while raining at a few places of Jammu region.
“Expect further increase in rain/snow intensity as the day progresses with main intensity of heavy to Very heavy rain/snow during 7th (night) and January 8th,” he said.
“There would be gradual improvement from January 9th Morning onwards in JK,” he added.
There are four types of colour codes signifying the level of caution: green which means no action, yellow—situation to be watched, amber –agencies need to be prepared for severe weather and red –action needed by the agencies.
The MeT Official said the weather system may affect surface and air transportation, mainly on Saturday. “It may cause avalanche/landslide in vulnerable spots.”
The MeT office has urged people not to venture in avalanche prone areas and follow traffic advisory seriously as well as maintain proper ventilation of their rooms.
Meanwhile, the MeT official said that Srinagar recorded rainfall of 3.1mm in last 24 hours till 0830 hours.
The summer capital of JK, he said, recorded a low of 2.6°C against previous night’s 0.3°C. It was 4.5°C above normal for this time of the year in Srinagar, he said.
Kashmir is presently under the grip of 40-day long harshest period of winter, known locally as ‘Chillai Kalan, which started from December 21.
Gulmarg, recorded a low of minus 5.5°C against minus 3.4°C on the previous night at the world famous resort, he said.
Qazigund received 4.6mm of rain in the last 24 hours while the gateway town of Kashmir recorded a low of 0.4°C, same as witnessed on the previous night, he said.
Pahalgam, the famous resort in south Kashmir which had 0.4cms of fresh snowfall recorded a low of minus 0.4°C against minus 0.8°C on previous night, he said.
Kokernag, also in south Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 0.2°C against minus 0.7°C on the previous night, the official said.
Kupwara town in north Kashmir recorded a minimum of 0.8°C against 0.0°C as on the previous night, the official said.
Jammu, with 4.6mm of rain, recorded a low of 11.1°C, up eight notches from the previous night and a normal of 7.3°C for the JK’s winter capital during this time of the year, he said.