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MeT issues ‘yellow warning’ for heavy snowfall in J-K on 30 January

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As the 40-day harsh winter period, Chilla-i-Kalan, nears to an end, the weather department on Saturday issued a yellow warning for heavy snowfall in Jammu and Kashmir on 30 January.

A meteorological department official said that light snow and rain was expected at scattered places in the next 24 hours.

On 30 January, the MeT department forecast widespread moderate snow and rain ( in Jammu) with “heavy” snowfall in Pirpanjal, south Kashmir, Doda-Kistawar etc.( more than 75% chances).

On 31 January, the MeT official said, light to moderate snow and rain was expected at scattered places.

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.

He said the weather system may cause snow avalanches in the areas prone to them. It may likely to affect surface and air transportation on Monday, he said. Power supply may also get affected.

“People are advised not to venture out in avalanche prone areas, unless emergency,” he said, adding, “Passengers are advised to travel after confirmation of road status from concerned traffic police”. (GNS)


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