The Meteorological department has issued a weather warning on Tuesday evening in the Jammu and Kashmir, where surface transport could get affected and there is also a threat of avalanche during the next 48 hours.
However, a more strong Western Disturbance (WD) originating in Arabian sea, was approaching which could hit the region on January 4 and remain active till January 5 when it will later start gradually decreasing thereafter, a Met department spokesman told UNI this evening.
Meanwhile, due to overcast conditions, the maximum temperature witnessed considerable drop today. Summer capital, Srinagar recorded 5.2 degree maximum temperature today which was about two notches below normal.
He said there is possibility of a spell of moderate rain or snow at widespread places of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh regions with possibility of heavy snowfall in isolated placed with maximum intensity and spread on January 4th and 5th and gradual decrease thereafter.
He said this weather system may lead to disruption of surface and air transportation like National Highway (Srinagar-Jammu, Mughal Road). Furthermore, higher reaches of Kashmir, Ladakh and Hilly areas of Jammu most likely to receive moderate snowfall during January 4th and 5th with the possibility of heavy snowfall in isolated places. In addition to it, there will be a significant fall in day temperature and a slight rise in night temperature.
Meanwhile, Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan said directed all Deputy commissioner to remain alert, an official spokesman said.
He said, accordingly, Deputy Commissioners of Kashmir Division including Leh and Kargil have been asked to advise people not to venture in avalanche prone areas during this period.
The concerned Deputy Commissioners are directed to activate their control rooms and ensure that the snow clearance equipment is placed at proper places for snow clearance in respect of their districts as per the snow clearance plan.