After a decade-long break, the West Bengal’s Darjeeling town Sikkim’s capital Gangtok received snowfall.
Local media reported that following a round of hailstorm on the afternoon of December 28, the Darjeeling town, Singamari, Ghoom, Jorbungalow and Sukhapokhari areas recorded about 15 minutes of snowfall. Snowing, which began around 4.30 pm, was a first after February 14, 2008. Reports quoting eyewitnesses said the town, however, didn’t turn white as a bout of rain followed the snowfall soon after.
Darjeeling town is situated about 6,400 feet above sea level. Kalimpong town, situated about 8,000 feet above sea level, is another West Bengal town that recorded snowfall on December 28.
Snowfall was also recorded in neighbouring Sikkim, particularly in Gangtok and Ravangla. While the capital city received snowfall after a gap of a decade, Ravangla, according to state government sources, snowed after 15 years.