Weather Alert - TURKEY


The Situation:

The Turkish State Meteorological Service issued snow warnings for various provinces of Turkey until 27 January 2022 at 12:00 p.m. On 24 January 2022, a heavy snowstorm made its way through Greece and Northwestern Turkey. Flights in and out of Istanbul airport were temporarily suspended until 25 January 2022 at 4:00 a.m. so crews could clear runways. In Istanbul, crews continue to work around-the-clock to clear roads and highways of the accumulated snow.


Snow is expected to continue to fall in a number of areas in Turkey, including Ankara and Eskisehir, until 27 January 2022. Flight cancellations and poor road conditions are possible.


Possible Effects:

  • Heavy snowfall which could lead icy conditions and blocked road

  • Traffic delays

  • Cancelled, delayed, or rerouted flights

  • Poor road conditions

  • Power outages in homes and places of work

  • Closed business due to snow conditions

Mitigating Measures to Apply:

  • Check with the destination (i.e. accommodations, work sites, etc.) to ensure they are open and operating

  • Monitor local news and weather media for updates

  • Allow extra time for travel to and from the destination and airport

  • Avoid traveling in the evening and early morning hours and during re-freeze periods when road remain dangerous

  • Keep extra bottled water in lodging

  • Keep electronics charged and maintain contact throughout the remainder of the trip

  • Confirm flight itinerary prior to departure to the airport

  • Enroll in a Safe Traveler program to receive warnings from your preferred embassy


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