Srinagar, Dec 3: The administration in Kashmir today issued a weather advisory ahead of forecast of light to moderate snowfall and rainfall during 5th to 7th of this month across the Valley.
Deputy Commissioner Kupwara, Imam Din today issued an advisory for the people of the district Kupwara in general and the people residing in the areas like Keran, Karnah, Machil, Budnamal, Jumgumd, Nowgam, Kumkadi and on the periphery of different Nallahs/rivers prone to floods, sloppy areas of the district in particular and advised them to refrain from venturing in avalanche prone areas till improvement of weather.
The advisory further read that in case of any urgency, general public can contact district administration Control Room on phone number 01955-253522 and Police Control Room(PCR) Kupwara on 01955-252451 and PCR Handwara on 01955-262295.
Meanwhile, all district and Sectoral Officers especially the officers and officials of Irrigation & FC, PHE, PDD, R&B, Mechanical and Revenue have been directed not to leave their respective Headquarters without permission from the DC office and keep their men and machinery ready to meet any exigency.
The Weatherman has forecast widespread light to moderate snowfall and rains in plains of Jammu and Kashmir during 4-6th December.
“A fresh Western disturbance is most likely to affect J&K and adjoining areas during 4th (evening) to 6th (afternoon) December with peak activity on 5th December,” the official said.
“Widespread light to moderate snowfall in middle and higher reaches of Kashmir/Jammu and light snow/rain over plains of Kashmir/Jammu is expected”, he added.
He said higher reaches of Kupwara, Baramulla, Bandipora, Shopian and Ganderbal districts may receive 6-9 inches of snow during the period.
Regarding the probable impact, he said, there may be temporary disruption of air and surface traffic over passes like Zojila, Sinthan Top, Razdan Top and Mugal Road due to snow and freezing temperatures on December 5.
In the meantime, Kashmir continued to reel under freezing temperatures with Srinagar recording the second coldest night today.
A Meteorological Department official said that Srinagar recorded minus 2.4 degree Celsius against previous night’s minus 1.8 degree Celsius. It was second coldest night after December 1 when mercury fell to 2.5 degree Celsius, lowest temperature recorded this season.
Qazigund recorded minimum temperature of minus 1.8 degree Celsius against minus 1.5 degree Celsius the previous night. It was minus 0.8 degree Celsius below normal for the gateway town of Kashmir for this time of the year.
Pahalgam recorded a low of minus 4.1 degree Celsius against minus 4.2 degree Celsius the previous night.
Kokernag recorded a low of minus 2.3 degree Celsius against minus 1.4 degree Celsius the previous night and normal of minus 0.6 degree Celsius.
Kupwara recorded a low of minus 2.8 degree Celsius against minus 3.3 degree Celsius the previous night.
Gulmarg recorded a minimum of minus 1.0 degree Celsius against minus 1.5 degree Celsius the previous night.
Leh recorded a low of minus 5.6 degree Celsius against last night’s minus 4.6 degree Celsius while Kargil town recorded a low of minus 4.0 degree Celsius.
Drass recorded a low of minus 12.9 degree Celsius.