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Avalanche warning issued for the next 24 hours in several districts of Jammu and Kashmir

Jammu Kashmir: Apart from this, due to snowfall in the higher reaches of Kashmir, the minimum temperature has increased in the entire valley except Pahalgam. However, the Meteorological Department has predicted heavy snowfall and rain for the next three days from Monday.

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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New Delhi: The Meteorological Department has issued an alert for snow storm in 8 districts of Kashmir and 4 districts of Himachal Pradesh in the next 24 hours. The Disaster Management Authority of Jammu and Kashmir has said that there is a possibility of medium danger level avalanches in Doda, Kishtwar, Poonch, Ramban, Bandipore and Kupwara districts and low danger level in Baramulla and Ganderbal districts of the state. The authority has advised people to exercise caution and avoid visiting these areas.

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Apart from this, due to snowfall in the higher reaches of Kashmir, the minimum temperature has increased in the entire valley except Pahalgam. However, the Meteorological Department has predicted heavy snowfall and rain for the next three days from Monday.

“Medium-danger level avalanche likely in Doda, Kishtwar, Poonch, Ramban, Bandipore and Kupwara districts and low-danger level avalanche likely in Baramulla and Ganderbal districts in next 24 hours. People are advised to take precautions and avoid these areas,” Jammu and Kashmir Disaster Management Authority said in a statement, according to a report by news agency ANI.

Snowfall in some of the higher reaches of Kashmir pushed the minimum temperature up across the valley, except in Pahalgam, even as the Meteorological Department has forecast a higher intensity wet weather spell over three days from Monday, officials said.

In Srinagar, the minimum settled at a low of 1 degree Celsius up from 0.2 degrees the night before. Qazigund, the gateway to the Valley, registered a low of 0.2 degrees Celsius.

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Kokernag in south Kashmir recorded a low of minus 1.9 degrees Celsius up two degrees, while the minimum temperature in Kupwara settled at minus 0.5 degrees up from minus 2.8 degrees the previous night.

The minimum temperature in Gulmarg in Baramulla district was minus 6.8 degrees Celsius. The famous ski-resort town was the coldest place in Jammu and Kashmir.

Pahalgam, which serves as a base camp for the annual Amarnath Yatra, recorded a minimum temperature of minus 6.3 degrees Celsius. The Met office said there are chances of light rain or snow at scattered places of the Union Territory on Sunday.

It predicted a much higher intensity of precipitation from Monday to Wednesday, with the possibility of moderate snow in the plains of Kashmir and moderate to heavy snow over the middle and higher reaches and rain in Jammu.

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