Istanbul is not really a city one would connect with cold weather and snow.
Today Turkish Airlines cancelled 142 flights to and from Istanbul and warned of further disruption in coming days as the city braced Wednesday for heavy snow.
Many of the cancelled flights were domestic, but routes to European and Middle Eastern airports including Hamburg, Munich, Milan and Tehran were also hit.
Snow warnings were also issued by the Istanbul Governor’s Office, warning residents against going outside unless necessary, Hurriyet Daily News reported. Snowfall is expected to begin on Wednesday and continue until Jan. 2.
More than 1,000 snow-clearing vehicles and other heavy machinery were on standby to try to keep the city’s easily clogged road networks open, the Governor’s office added.