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Avalanche warning issued for areas of J&K, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh. Picture: A bulldozer of Indian Border Roads Organisation passes by a wall of snow on a key Kashmir highway in Jawahar Tunnel. A bulldozer of Indian Border Roads Organisation passes by a wall of a snow on a key Kashmir highway in Jawahar Tunnel 90 km (55 miles) south of Srinagar, 28 February, 2005.Reuters

The avalanche study department of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has issued a "medium danger" avalanche warning in certain areas of Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand for the next two days, according to reports. 

The warning has been issued in areas situated above 3,000 metres in Jammu & Kashmir's Baramulla, Kupwara, Bandipur, Kargil, Shopian, Anantnag, Kulgam, Rajauri, Doda and Poonch districts and in Himachal Pradesh's Lahaul and Spiti, Kullu, Chamba and Kinnaur districts.

In Uttarakhand, people have been warned in Chamoli, Uttarkashi, Rudraprayag and Pithoragarh district. The DRDO's Snow and Avalanche Study Establishment (SASE) has asked people in these areas to remain indoors for the next 48 hours, Press Trust of India reports.

"People are advised not to venture in avalanche prone areas over next 48 hours," the advisory said.

The advisory was issued following snowfall in some areas of Jammu & Kashmir and rainfall in parts of Himachal Pradesh.