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Snowfall continues from last three days in Kashmir, MeT issued Orange Warning

An old man holding an umbrella in his hand to stay safe from the snowfall which is going on in different parts of Kashmir valley
An old man holding an umbrella in his hand to stay safe from the snowfall which is going on in different parts of Kashmir valley from last three days.  (Photo : Reshi Irshad / The News World)
Jammu and Kashmir, Jan 8: Kashmir Valley and part of Jammu division received moderate to heavy snowfall while winter capital of J&K received over 80mm of rainfall since overnight, officials said. 

The weatherman has forecast more snowfall in next few hours and has issued an orange color weather warning. 

An official of the MeT department said that Srinagar recorded snowfall of 9cms in last 24 hours till 0830 hours today.

The summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, he said, recorded a low of 0.2°C against previous night’s 2.6°C. It was 2.1°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. It is followed by a 20-day long ‘Chillai Khurd’ and a 10-day-long ‘Chilla Bachha’.

Gulmarg, had 32 cms (13 inches) of fresh snowfall during the time and recorded a low of minus 4.6°C against minus 5.5°C on the previous night at the world famous resort, he said.

“Expect gradual decrease in rain/snow intensity from this evening (January 8). There will be significant Improvement in weather from January 9 onwards in J&K,” the official said. 

Earlier the weatherman had issued Orange warning for January 8th. There are four types of colour codes signifying the level of caution: green which means no action, yellow—situation to be watched), orange–government 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, follow traffic advisory seriously as well as maintain proper ventilation of their rooms.

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