Red alert issued for Kashmir, heavy snowfall likely Red alert issued for Kashmir, heavy snowfall likely

Digital Desk, Srinagar. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) changed its alert from Orange to Red on Friday evening and predicted heavy to very heavy snowfall in Jammu and Kashmir.

The IMD had already predicted heavy to very heavy snowfall in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh from January 7 evening to January 9 morning. Now after heavy snowfall, the Meteorological Department has issued a red alert in Jammu and Kashmir, as there is a possibility of further increase in snowfall and rain.

A statement issued by the IMD office said that at present snowfall is occurring at most places in Kashmir and hilly areas of Jammu and at few places in Jammu region. According to the statement, the intensity of rain/snow is expected to increase further as heavy to very heavy rain/snow is expected during the night of January 7 and January 8, according to the statement. However, the weather in Jammu and Kashmir is likely to improve gradually from the morning of 9th.

It also warned that the current weather may affect surface (road) transport on January 7 and 8 and air transport on January 8. The IMD has also warned of avalanche/landslides at vulnerable places.

Issuing a warning, the statement said, people are once again requested not to move in avalanche prone areas. The Meteorological Department said that their data showed that during heavy snowfall, there is a possibility of avalanches in many areas. It said to follow traffic advisories seriously and maintain proper ventilation in your rooms. The report said that heavy snowfall has started in the hill stations of Gulmarg, Pahalgam and Sonmarg while moderate snowfall has started in Srinagar city.

(IANS)

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