People living in these areas above the height of 8000 feet have been advised not to venture in steep and avalanche prone areas and to avoid movement during snowfall.
It may be mentioned that Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Dr. Asgar Hassan Samoon had already directed the field officers to take all possible measures to ensure minimum disruption of services and keep their men and machinery including joint snow control rooms in a state of readiness to meet any eventuality, due to expected snowfall from 3rd February to 7th February
It is pertinent to mention that in view of forecast of an approaching western disturbance, there is possibility of snowfall at many places in the Kashmir Division, with main activity expected on 4th and 5th February. Under the influence of this weather system, moderate to rather heavy rain/snowfall is expected to occur at most places along Banihal axis and Pirpanjal ranges of the State. Moderate snowfall is also likely in Ladakh region. There is a possibility that the surface and air transport may also be affected.
Instructions were already given by Divisional Commissioner to all Deputy Commissioners, Chief Engineers and Heads of Department not to leave their headquarters and take stock of the situation.
Inspector General of Police, Traffic has been requested to monitor the weather situation and in case of adverse weather the movement of traffic on Srinagar-Jammu NHW should be restricted on 4th and 5th Feb so that no vehicles get stranded on the highway.