Srinagar, Mar 20 (GNS): The weather office here on Saturday issued an advisory regarding widespread rain or snowfall in Jammu and Kashmir next week.
“In quick succession, two Western Disturbances are most likely to affect J&&K and adjoining areas from 21st March (afternoon),” Dr Mukhtar Ahmad, Sc-C Director/LACD said in an advisory addressed to divisional commissioners of Kashmir, Jammu and Ladakh.
“Under the influence of these weather systems, widespread moderate rain/snow is expected in Jammu, Kashmir and light rain/ snow at a few places of Ladakh region on 21st March. (There is) Possibility of thunder/ lightning with hail and gusty winds (30-40 KMPH) at isolated places in Janimu division,” reads the advisory, a copy of which lies with GNS.
Another western disturbance is most likely to affect J&K and neighbourhood from March 22 afternoon with its peak intensity during 22nd night to 23rd night and gradual decrease thereafter, the advisory reads further.
“The system is most likely to cause heavy rain/snow mainly in upper reaches of Kashmir (Gulmarg, Sonamarg, Baramulla, Bandipora (Gurez & Tulail Valley) and Kupwara (Karnah Sector), Shopian, Qazigund-Banihal axis. Pirpanjal Range of Jammu Division, Drass (Gumri & Minamurg) and Zanskar subdivision of ladakh.”
As per the advisory, the probable impacts include “temporary” disruption of surface traffic mainly on Jammu-Srinagar/Srinagar-Leh Highway, Mughal road and other major roads.
There is possibility of landslides and shooting stones in vulnerable spots of Jammu- Srinagar and Srinagar-Leh Highway, it says.
Possible impacts also include temporary water logging in low lying areas and dip in day temperature.
“Suspend / avoid agricultural and horticultural operations (fertilizer and chemical spray) and drain out excess water.” (GNS)