Record snowfall in Istanbul – More than ½ meter (19 inches)

Paralyzes Turkey’s largest city, closing roads, halting flights, public transportation and sea traffic.

7 Jan 2017 – Snow depth in some neighborhoods exceeds half a meter, and more than 110 cm (almost 4 ft) in Çatalca.

Snowfall in Istanbul has continued since yesterday evening. Snow storm is most effective in Catalca, Silivri, Buyukcekmece, Avcılar, Esenyurt, Başakşehir, Arnavutköy and Mahmutbey.

The Metropolitan Municipality announced the snow thickness measured at 17:00 in the city:

Çatalca-Subaşı: 110 cm
Arnavutköy: 60-65cm
Buyukcekmece, Sultangazi: 55-60cm
Başakşehir, Esenyurt, Beylikdüzü, Ggaziosmanpaşa 45-50 cm
Ağva-Teke, Beykoz, Sarıyer, Zekeriyaköy: 40 cm
Alemdağ, Ömerli, Alibeyköy, Kağıthane, Maslak: 30-35 cm
Uğur Mumcu, Bahçelievler, Küçükçekmece: 25 cm
Cekmekoy, Ümraniye, Sancaktepe: 20cm
Ataşehir, Maltepe, Kadıköy, Üsküdar, Şile, Beşiktaş, Bakırköy: 15-18 cm

The temperature has fallen in some neighborhoods at night to – 20 degrees. During the day, the thermometers rose only to -5.

Around 400 flights have been cancelled at the city’s Ataturk and Sabiha Gokcen airports.

All ferry services between the European and the Asian parts of the city were called off for Saturday. In addition, authorities closed sea traffic on the Bosporus Strait.

Meteorologists expect the snowfall to reach 20 cm (8 inches) across the city, and urged citizens to take necessary precautions against icing on the roads.

The western and central parts of Turkey are also expected to be hit by “an extreme cold wave” hailing from the Balkans on Saturday.

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