Srinagar: In the wake of possible avalanche threat in the higher reaches of Jammu and Kashmir people have been asked to leave their homes, an official said on Saturday.

The divisional disaster management cell has issued an avalanche warning to people living in Gurez, Tangdhar, Machil, Keran, Karnah and Uri regions of the state.

“The residents of these areas must try to avoid movement outside their homes as far as possible,” Amir Ali, in charge of the divisional disaster management cell, said.

Snow clearance operations have started in Srinagar where roads are being cleared but inter-district connectivity between Srinagar and other places of the valley has been affected.

Report of heavy snowfall has come in from north Kashmir Gulmarg ski resort and Sonamarg tourist resort, and south Kashmir Pahalgam hill station.