[PHOTOS] Schools in 34 provinces closed on Monday due to heavy snowfall in Turkey

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Schools in 34 provinces will remain closed on Monday as heavy snowfall and snowstorms have paralyzed life across Turkey.

The governors of İstanbul, Siva, Kırıkkale, Kayseri, Niğde, Kahramanmaraş, Bilecik, Çankırı, Kırşehir, Ordu, Manisa, Sinop, Çorum, Amasya, Aksaray, Sakarya, Bolu, Bursa, Çanakkale, Zonguldak, Düzce, Tokat, Yalova, Kastamonu, Kırklareli, Nevşehir, Edirne, Kocaeli, Tekirdağ, Balıkesir, Yozgat, Samsun, Konya and Bartın provinces announced on Sunday that schools would be closed on Monday due to sub-zero temperatures and snow depth.

Students in İstanbul wrote to Governor Vasip Şahin on Twitter demanding that schools be closed on Jan. 9, with many tweets noting how hard it is for students to go to school due to heavy snow.

Several airlines, including Turkish Airlines, have canceled dozens of flights from İstanbul Atatürk and Sabiha Gökçen airports due to poor weather conditions. Turkish Airlines announced on Sunday that it canceled 633 domestic and international flights on Sunday both at Atatürk and Sabiha Gökçen airports.

İstanbul’s fast ferry and inter-city sea bus services were also affected by the snow and high winds.

MALATYA, TURKEY - DECEMBER 14: People walks on the snowy road as heavy snowfall hits Malatya province of Turkey on December 14, 2016. Emrah Gokmen / Anadolu Agency
MALATYA, TURKEY – DECEMBER 14: People walk on a snowy road as heavy snowfall hits Turkey’s Malatya province on Dec. 14, 2016. Emrah Gokmen / Anadolu Agency
HAKKARI, TURKEY - DECEMBER 01: An old man is seen as heavy snowfall influence living negatively in Hakkari, Turkey on December 01, 2016. There is no transportation to 9 villages and 22 towns due to heavy snowfall. Yilmaz Kazandioglu / Anadolu Agency
HAKKARI, TURKEY – DEC. 1: An old man is seen as heavy snowfall wreaks havoc in Hakkari on Dec. 1, 2016. There is no transportation to nine villages and 22 towns due to the snow. Yilmaz Kazandioglu / Anadolu Agency
BOLU, TURKEY - DECEMBER 19 : People walk on frozen lake at the Golcuk Natural Park in Turkey's Bolu district during winter season on December 19, 2016. Mehmet Emin Gürbüz / Anadolu Agency
BOLU, TURKEY – DEC. 19 : People walk on a frozen lake in Golcuk Natural Park in Turkey’s Bolu district on Dec. 19, 2016. Mehmet Emin Gürbüz / Anadolu Agency
BITLIS, TURKEY - DECEMBER 26: A car covered with snow is seen during heavy winter conditions in Bitlis province of Turkey on December 26, 2016. Roads were closed in at least 210 residential areas due to heavy snow and poor weather conditions. Ibrahim Yaldiz / Anadolu Agency
BITLIS, TURKEY – DEC. 26: A car covered with snow is seen during severe winter conditions in Turkey’s Bitlis province on Dec. 26, 2016. Roads were closed in at least 210 residential areas due to heavy snow and poor weather conditions.
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ISTANBUL, TURKEY - JANUARY 07: Seagulls are seen on the ground in front of a tramway moves along the snow covered tramline during the heavy snowfall in Istanbul, Turkey on January 07, 2017. Arif Hüdaverdi Yaman / Anadolu Agency
ISTANBUL, TURKEY – JANUARY 07: Seagulls are seen in front of a tram as it moves along snow-covered tracks during heavy snowfall in Istanbul on Jan. 7, 2017. Arif Hüdaverdi Yaman / Anadolu Agency
NEVSEHIR, TURKEY - JANUARY 06: A hot air balloon flies over snow covered Cappadocia, a historical region in Central Anatolia, largely in Nevsehir Province, known for the fairy chimneys, during the winter season on January 06, 2017 in Nevsehir, Turkey. Sercan Kucuksahin / Anadolu Agency
NEVSEHIR, TURKEY – JANUARY 06: A hot air balloon flies over snow-covered Cappadocia, a region in Central Anatolia known for its fairy chimneys, on Jan. 6, 2017 in Nevsehir, Turkey. Sercan Kucuksahin / Anadolu Agency
NEVSEHIR, TURKEY - JANUARY 06: Hot air balloons fly over snow covered Cappadocia, a historical region in Central Anatolia, largely in Nevsehir Province, known for the fairy chimneys, during the winter season on January 06, 2017 in Nevsehir, Turkey. Sercan Kucuksahin / Anadolu Agency
NEVSEHIR, TURKEY – JANUARY 06: Hot air balloons fly over snow-covered Cappadocia, a region in Central Anatolia known for its fairy chimneys, on Jan. 6, 2017 in Nevsehir, Turkey. Sercan Kucuksahin / Anadolu Agency
ISTANBUL, TURKEY - JANUARY 07: People walk in snow covered sidewalks next to Bosphorus during the heavy snowfall in Istanbul, Turkey on January 07, 2017. Arif Hudaverdi Yaman / Anadolu Agency
ISTANBUL, TURKEY – JANUARY 07: People walk on snowy sidewalks next to the Bosporus during heavy snowfall in Istanbul on Jan. 7, 2017. Arif Hudaverdi Yaman / Anadolu Agency
ISTANBUL, TURKEY - JANUARY 07: Docked city line ferries are seen on the Bosphorus during the heavy snowfall in Istanbul, Turkey on January 07, 2017. Arif Hudaverdi Yaman / Anadolu Agency
ISTANBUL, TURKEY – JANUARY 07: Docked city line ferries are seen on the Bosporus during heavy snowfall in Istanbul on Jan. 7, 2017. Arif Hudaverdi Yaman / Anadolu Agency
ISTANBUL, TURKEY - JANUARY 07: Airliners are seen at the the snow covered apron of Ataturk International Airport during the heavy snowfall in Istanbul, Turkey on January 07, 2017. Due to the heavy snowfall, preventing landing at Ataturk International Airport, Airliners are diverted to Sabiha Gokcen International Airport. Several flights has been canceled due to bad weather conditions. Izzet Taskiran / Anadolu Agency
ISTANBUL, TURKEY – JANUARY 07: Airliners are seen on the apron of Ataturk International Airport during heavy snowfall in Istanbul on Jan. 7, 2017. Planes are being diverted to Sabiha Gokcen International Airport, and flights have been canceled due to poor weather conditions. Izzet Taskiran / Anadolu Agency

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