Kashmir valley is witnessing a severe cold wave, particularly during the night. Minimum temperature in Srinagar has fallen to minus 1.7 degree Celsius. There was heavy overcast on Wednesday afternoon in the valley. "The present western disturbance over the state is likely to intensify and will affect J&K and adjoining areas from the tonight till November 29 evening," said Ganai. The MeT predicts fall in day temperature by 4-5°C. "The night temperature will rise by 1 to 2°C," said the MeT official. Kashmir divisional commissioner Asgar Hassan Samoon has already ordered traffic restrictions on the Kargil-Zanskar, Srinagar-Zojila-Kargil, Kupwara-Machil/Tangdhar, Anantnag-Sinthan-Kishtwar, Bandipora-Gurez and Shopian-Mughal roads for November 29 as a precautionary measure. The deputy commissioners, police and traffic officials have been asked to take appropriate measures to ensure strict implementation of traffic restriction to safeguard life and property of the general public.
"Public has been appealed to defer their travel progamme to these areas in their own interest," said spokesman of the divisional commissioner's office. The government has also taken measures to maintain stocks of essentials in case of any eventuality.