Day-2: Upper reaches receive snow, rains lash plains

KU defers exams; avalanches warned  

Srinagar, Feb 19: Higher reaches of J&K received heavy snowfall on Monday as rain lashed the plains.

The Meteorological (MeT) Department has forecast that rain/snow will continue during another 48 hours which could result in light snowfall in the plains of the Valley as well.

Hill stations of Gulmarg, Pahalgam, Sonamarg, Doodhpathri, Daksum, etc., received heavy snowfall during the last 24 hours.

Srinagar had 2, Gulmarg minus 2.8 and Pahalgam 0.8 as the minimum temperature. Leh town in Ladakh region had minus 2.5 and Kargil minus 0.9 as the minimum temperature.

Jammu city had 13.8, Katra 10.5, Batote 2.9, Bhaderwah 1.8 and Banihal 2.8 as the minimum temperature.

Meanwhile, amid inclement weather with rain and snow, the authorities on Monday issued an avalanche warning in the higher reaches of ten districts of Jammu and Kashmir during the next 24 hours, officials said.

The Jammu and Kashmir Disaster Management Authority (JKDMA) said a “low danger” level avalanche is likely to occur at 2500 metres above sea level in the higher reaches of Anantnag and Kulgam districts of south Kashmir in the next 24 hours.

Avalanche with “medium danger” level is likely to occur above 2200 metres over Doda, Kishtwar, Poonch, and Ramban districts in Jammu division and Bandipora and Baramulla districts of Kashmir valley during the next 24 hours.

Similarly, an avalanche with “high danger” level is likely to occur above 2200 metres over Kupwara in north Kashmir and Ganderbal in central Kashmir in the next 24 hours.

People living in these areas have been advised to take precautions and avoid venturing in the avalanche prone areas till further orders.

Upper reaches of the Jammu and Kashmir experiencing a fresh snowfall for the past two days prompting authorities to issue a fresh avalanche warning as a precautionary measure for the people today.

The authorities have also asked the people living in these districts to dial 112 for help in case of any emergency.

The University of Kashmir has postponed all examinations scheduled for Monday, the 19th, and Tuesday, the 20th of February 2024, due to inclement weather conditions. Fresh dates for the conduct of postponed papers will be communicated separately.

Meanwhile, During the rains on Monday, gusty winds were reported in some areas, causing damage to three residential houses in Srinagar.

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