The Meteorological Department in Indian-administered Kashmir on Monday issued a ‘severe weather’ warning for the next two days, advising people to stay indoors unless movement outside is unavoidable.
An advisory issued by the local weather office said: “As predicted earlier, heavy to very heavy snowfall/rain most likely in J&K from tonight (Monday night) till (January) 6th forenoon.
“People should avoid venturing out, if avoidable. Significant improvement from 6th onwards.”
Kashmir has been experiencing light to moderate snow and rain during the last two days.
Heavy snowfall during the ongoing 40-day long period of harsh winter cold, known locally as the ‘Chillay Karan’, is believed to be the harbinger of a blissful summer.
All perennial water reserviors of Kashmir get replenished by snowfall during the Chillay Kalan and various water bodies are sustained by these water reserviors during the summer months.
Snapping of roads and highways by heavy snowfall and failure of electricity due to system breakdown are some of the common problems the locals face in the aftermath of a major snowfall in Kashmir.