Heavy snowfall has started in Sonamarg and at the ski resort of Gulmarg since Wednesday morning while heavy rains lashed the Valley during the previous night.
The local people have already taken out their winter clothing as most Kashmiris wore the traditional 'Pheren' (tweed over garment) in the valley. The Met office has issued an adverse weather advisory forecasting heavy to very heavy snowfall in Jammu and Kashmir that is likely to disrupt surface and air traffic in the next three days.
A weather advisory issued by the local Met department has forecast heavy to very heavy snowfall in the higher reaches of Jammu and Kashmir with heavy rainfall in the plains during the next three days.
Following the advisory, a high-level meeting was held by the provincial administration to alert all disaster management machinery at the district level across the Valley. 'The administration is ready to deal with any adverse weather condition and all concerned officials have been alerted at the provincial and district levels,' a senior officer of the provincial administration said.
With the electric supply remaining erratic, the earthen fire-pot oven in a basket of willow wicker called the 'Kangri' continues to be the best bet for Kashmiris to keep their body and soul together during the Valley's harsh winter months.
Little surprise is that Kangris are selling like hot cakes in Srinagar and elsewhere in the Valley.