Kashmir receives fresh spell of snowfall, IMD issues orange alert

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Srinagar: Men walk at a park after moderate snowfall  in Srinagar, Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020. Srinagar-Jammu national highway and air traffic was suspended due to snowfall.(PTI Photo)

Srinagar: Men walk at a park after moderate snowfall in Srinagar, Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020. Srinagar-Jammu national highway and air traffic was suspended due to snowfall.(PTI Photo)

Fresh snowfall in Kashmir valley and hilly areas of Jammu region threw the normal life out of gear.

The meteorological department has forecast rain, snowfall in high, middle hills and rain, thunderstorm in plains till January 19. However, it issued orange warning for January 13.

The MeT office issues colour-coded warnings to alert people ahead of severe or hazardous weather that has the potential to cause damage, widespread disruption or danger to life.

Orange is for weather conditions that have the capacity to impact significantly.

Issuing advisory, the weatherman had said that heavy rain, snowfall may occur in several parts of Lahaul-Spiti, Kinnaur, Sirmaur, Shimla, Mandi, Kullu, Kangra, Chamba and Solan district whereas thunderstorm may take place in Una, Bilaspur and Hamirpur districts on January 13 and 16.

Following weather forecast, Kullu police advised local residents and tourists to not travel up to the higher reaches and snowbound areas of the district.

Kullu Superintendent of Police Gaurav Singh said the Shimla Meteorological Centre has forecast heavy rain and snowfall in the district from January 12 to 19. He added that people should avoid travelling to the higher reaches as it might prove fatal.

In a post on social media, Kullu police has asked people to call 1077, a toll free number in case of any emergency.

Minimum temperatures increased by 3 to 4 degrees Celsius with Lahaul and Spiti district’s administrative centre Keylong recording the lowest temperature at minus 11.3 degrees Celsius, the Meteorological Centre said.

The minimum temperature in Kinnaur’s Kalpa was minus 4 degrees Celsius, followed by Manali in Kullu district at minus 2.8 degrees Celsius.

Dalhousie recorded a low of 1.5 degrees Celsius, followed by Kufri 4 1.5 degrees Celsius and Shimla 5.1 1.5 degrees Celsius, he added.

While the maximum temperatures were 1 to 2 degrees Celsius below normal with the highest temperature in the state was in Solan at 22 degrees Celsius.

(PTI)