Darjeeling, Sikkim receive snowfall & rainfall as well; mercury dips
Several places in the Darjeeling hills and the upper reaches of the neighbouring state of Sikkim received snowfall in the past 24 hours. It also teemed at various places in north Bengal, especially in the sub-Himalayan region, during the same period.
The snowfall and the rain have brought down the mercury in the region. In the past 24 hours, the minimum temperature in Darjeeling was 2.4 degrees Celsius, followed by Gangtok (4.3) and Kalimpong (8).
There was a chill feel in the adjoining plains as well.
Sources at the Gangtok centre of the India Meteorological Department said there might be fresh rain and snowfall in Sikkim and the neighbouring areas during the next one week because of western disturbances approaching the Himalayan state and moisture incursion from the Bay of Bengal.
According to Indian Meteorological Department sources, there is also a forecast of hailstorm and thunderstorm at some places in east and west Sikkim districts on Saturday. They said hailstorm and thunderstorm would rock east and north Sikkim districts on January 27.