With a medium-danger avalanche warning in Himachal Pradesh and a high-danger warning in Jammu & Kashmir, the intense cold conditions in north India continue unabated.
The local met office declared Kullu, Chamba, Lahaul and Spiti and Kinnaur districts in Himachal Pradesh as danger zones. Heavy rain and snowfall is also being anticipated in the state over the next two days. After that, a weak western unsettling influence is expected to affect the western Himalayan area.
In Kashmir, the divisional administration has issued a high-danger avalanche warning till January 30. Deputy commissioners of Kashmir, including Leh and Kargil, have requested people not to wander in avalanche-prone areas such as Kupwara, Baramulla, Bandipora, Kulgam, Ganderbal, Budgam and Kargil districts of Kashmir.
In the past, avalanches have obstructed the flow of the Chenab River and destroyed property worth crores of rupees. The avalanche-prone areas in Himachal Pradesh are already covered by a layer of snow, which has transformed into ice because of the extreme cold weather. Another layer of snow will increase the likelihood of avalanches in the next few days.
P.S. Snowfall has disrupted water and power supply in Himachal Pradesh and Kashmir. Do remember to call your hotel to check the weather conditions ahead if you are planning a visit here.
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