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The Situation: Severe weather, including snow and heavy rain, is forecast across much of Turkey through at least March 11. Several flights have been canceled in Istanbul and further disruptions are likely. Possible Effects:

  • Heavy snowfall, rainfall, and thunderstorms through much of Turkey through at least 11 March.

  • Some of the heaviest snowfall is forecast in Istanbul and surrounding areas.

  • Snowfall accumulations of 10-20 cm are expected across Istanbul Province, with heavier isolated accumulations.

  • Strong winds and freezing temperatures

  • Turkish Airlines has canceled over 200 flights to and from Istanbul Airport and Sabiha Gokcen Airport scheduled March 10.

  • Further cancelations are possible in the coming days.

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

  • Use extreme caution when traveling near coastal areas and over bridges

  • 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

DISCLAIMER and Hold Harmless Disclaimer: LSDS™ gathers information from multiple sources and offers insight and perspective to travelers. Sources cannot be validated for accuracy in every instance. Travelers assume all risk associated with their travel and are responsible for the decisions associated with travel and for their own safety. Users of this reference document agree, to hold harmless LSDS™ (LLC) its employees and clients associated with any risk or injury incurred during travel.


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