Schools in Istanbul will be closed on Monday due to heavy snowfall, the provincial governor’s office announced on Sunday.
According to the office, snowfall in Istanbul, which began on Sunday evening, is expected to continue all day long on Monday.
Disabled and pregnant public servants were also given a day off due to the snow.
Turkish Airlines also announced that it cancelled 399 flights from Istanbul’s Ataturk and Sabiha Gokcen airports scheduled for this Monday and Tuesday due to bad weather.
The airline on its website advised passengers to ring their call centre before leaving for the airport.
“Cancellation announcements cannot be updated instantly. Please do not plan your flight without checking with the call centre [444 0 849] or the departure-arrival application first,” it said.
Pegasus Airlines cancelled more than 100 flights that were scheduled for Monday and Tuesday while Onur Air cancelled ten on Monday.
Ferry and inter-city sea-bus services were also affected by rough sea conditions. Istanbul’s Fast Ferry and Sea Bus Company announced the cancellation of inter-city services until Thursday.
The provincial governor’s office advised people to use public transport instead of cars.
Snow was measured to be 20 centimetres (8 inches) deep in Tuzla on the Asian side of the city.
Heavy snowfall also interrupted a football match between Turkish clubs Besiktas and Mersin Idmanyurdu in the Spor Toto Super League at the Basaksehir Fatih Terim Stadium in Istanbul on Sunday evening.
The snow is expected to continue until Tuesday night, according to Turkey’s General Directorate of Meteorology.