Third wet spell of the winter is expected across Kashmir tonight and it is likely to bring heavy rain and snowfall in the region during the next two days, the meteorological department said.
Downpour is expected to begin across the state tonight and it will last till Sunday.
“Moderate to heavy rainfall and snowfall is likely to occur on Saturday and it will gradually decrease,” Mukhtar Ahmad, deputy director, Srinagar Meteorological Centre, said.
Precipitation in Kashmir is mostly caused by the western disturbance, an extratropical storm originating in the Mediterranean region that causes downpour in the Northwestern parts of the Indian subcontinent.
The official said the higher reaches of the Kashmir and Jammu regions were most likely to receive heavy rain and snow and warned it might lead to disruption of transport facilities along the Srinagar-Jammu highway.
The administration in the Kashmir division has issued an alert to the authorities in all districts and has asked them to take necessary precautionary measures, a state government spokesman said.
The divisional administration also urged people living in avalanche-prone areas to take precautionary measures.
The ongoing winter season has been marred by dry weather and high day temperatures. The state is witnessing precipitation deficit this winter and only 61.2 m rainfall has been received in the past two months, which is a deficit of 66 per cent.
Jammu: The Snow & Avalanche Study Establishment (SASE) has issued a low-danger avalanche warning for high-altitude areas of the state for Saturday. The warning has been issued for Baramulla, Gulmarg, Furkian-Z Gali, Kupwara-Chowkibal-Tangdhar, Poonch, Rajouri, Reasi, Ramban, Doda, Kishtwar Udhampur, Anantnag, Kulgam, Budgam, Kupwara, Bandipora, Ganderbal, Kargil and Leh. The people living in these avalanche-prone areas have been advised by SASE to take precautionary measures. After a long dry spell, the Met department of the state is finally expecting a widespread rain and snow in the entire state.