Heavy snowfall disrupts life in İstanbul

A municipality worker sweeps away the snow at Eyup district in Istanbul on January 6, 2017. The majority of the country is bracing for cold weather that is expected to be effective over the weekend as the meteorology directorate warned of “extreme cold snap” that will drop the temperature 10 to 15 degrees below seasonal normal. / AFP PHOTO / OZAN KOSE

In addition to the brief closure of İstanbul Atatürk Airport runways on Friday night, life across İstanbul has been disrupted by the ongoing heavy snowfall in the city.

Drivers were stranded on one of İstanbul’s main highways, the TEM, as maritime traffic came to a standstill as well.

The TEM highway was blocked following an accident involving two tractor-trailers.

Turkish Airlines has cancelled a total of 500 flights scheduled for Jan. 6 and 7.

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