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Heavy snowfall started to fall on the night of Dec 10 and has since led to icy roads, cold weather and thunderstorms. AA photo

Heavy snowfall started to fall on the night of Dec 10 and has since led to icy roads, cold weather and thunderstorms. AA photo

The first snow of the year has engulfed Istanbul, canceling many flights and ferry services. Lightning also hit two aircraft mid-flight during the storm.

Heavy snowfall started to fall on the night of Dec. 10 and has since led to icy roads, cold weather and thunderstorms.

Pegasus Airlines’ and Turkish Airlines’ (THY) aircraft, bound for Kharkiv and Esfahan from Istanbul respectively, were struck by lightning at around midnight, forcing them to make emergency landings.

While the THY aircraft landed at Ankara’s Esenboğa Airport, the Pegasus Airlines plane returned to Sabiha Gökçen Airport on Istanbul’s Anatolian side, from where it had departed.

Despite measures taken by the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, the snow also snarled city traffic, and caused public transportation to halt and ferry journeys to be canceled.

The snowfall dumped up to 25 centimeters in some districts of the city, as the thunderstorm with snow continued in intervals through the night.

The municipality’s salt trucks have been trying to keep the roads as safe as possible, but accidents caused by vehicles’ sliding on icy ground hampered the operations, the Istanbul Municipality said in a written statement on Dec. 11.

Attempts to mitigate the chaos are now underway, with an 642 Metrobus vehicles and 2,340 buses added to the schedule, the statement added.

December/10/2013

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Çılgın Kanarya

12/12/2013 9:21:04 PM

HANNİ BAL, apparently that's the next big AKP project, after of course bringing the seaside to Denizli! The elections are approaching, so nothing can be ruled out!

Brit in Turkey

12/12/2013 5:27:34 PM

Çılgın: 'And by the way HDN, snow doesn't "lead to cold weather"'. It does down here in the south when the north wind blows over the snowy mountains further north!

hanni bal

12/12/2013 7:42:55 AM

can anyone make an umbrella to cover all Istanbul? help

Çılgın Kanarya

12/12/2013 1:04:25 AM

Oh dear SAM, I think the language school you're attending owes you a refund, lol

American Idiot

12/11/2013 10:53:01 PM

Kasper Immerhjaer, I am sure this one was one the mineral lobby, specifically salt. Clearly they have created poor weather and a shortage of salt in order to drive up the costs. That's just obvious.

Çılgın Kanarya

12/11/2013 9:31:52 PM

Personally CENK, I just prefer to reserve my criticisms of the AKP in terms of them being murderers and maimers of their own people. It makes a lot more sense, unlike your silly message. And by the way HDN, snow doesn't "lead to cold weather", it's the other way around! (2nd paragraph)

Soap box

12/11/2013 9:02:18 PM

@kasper: killing myself laughing here!! perfect response!!!

STONE OWL

12/11/2013 8:58:43 PM

does anyone recall the time two tankers caught fire at the north end of the strait and RTE made headlines in the papers by stating the Allah loves Istanbul because the wind blew the smoke away from the city? So what does it mean now that the snow is causing problems for the city? Has Allah stopped loving us? Just askin'....

sam afg alokozai

12/11/2013 8:50:38 PM

@cenk cenk ... ewallah, you take my mouth word ...

american american

12/11/2013 7:58:56 PM

no cenk, but i do blame them for the terrible response and lack of ability to clear the streets
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