Woollens out again after rains in J

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Jammu, Apr 4 (UNI) Woollens have again come out of cupboards after fresh snowfall and rains in Jammu and Kashmir.

Snowfall on the upper reaches and intermittent rains in plains due to western disturbances in the atmosphere has temporarily halted the otherwise intensifying summer, particularly in the winter capital.

For the last couple of days, cloudy weather and rains at several parts of the state have forced people to again put on warm clothes.

Several hilltops in Kashmir valley and of Pir Punjal range received snowfall while low-lying areas experienced rains and cool breezes.

In the Jammu region, hilly Poonch, Rajouri, Reasi, Udhampur, Doda and Kishtwar are experiencing the return of the winter. ''Winter is back! People, particularly the elderly, were seen wearing sweaters and caps in Patnitop hill resort and adjoining areas of Udhampur,'' Vijay Kumar, a taxi operator, told UNI.

Similarly, the temperature at the cave shrine of Shri Mata Vaishano Devi on Trikuta hills and its holy base town Katra has also dropped. ''Pilgrims have started putting on woollen caps and sweaters after recent rains,'' Shiv Kumar Sharma, a hotelier, said.

According to the weather office forecast, intermittent rains and snowfall are expected in the state for the next two days.

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