March 15: An avalanche warning was issued today for the higher reaches of Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh during the next 24 hours, advising people not to venture out in vulnerable areas of the two states.
The Snow and Avalanche Study Establishment (SASE), part of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) here, said “medium danger” avalanche warning exists for avalanche-prone areas above 3,000 metres in Kupwara district of J&K.
“People are advised not to venture in avalanche prone areas during next 24 hours,” it said.
It further stated light precipitation is expected in several areas of Himachal Pradesh and J&K during the next 24 hours.
SASE noted that during the last 24 hours, Banihal, Gulmarg, Haddan Taj and Neelam areas of the Valley witnessed fresh snowfall of 16cm, 25 cm, 5 cm and 27 cm respectively.
Besides, Pharkian, Z Gali and Kazalwan areas of the state had fresh snowfall of 41 cm, 30 cm and 17 cm respectively, it said, adding in Himachal, Bahang had 6.8 mm of rainfall and Solang Nala 2 mm.