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The Situation:

Adverse winter weather is forecast across eastern and northwestern regions in Turkey through at least 22 March. Disruptions are likely.

Authorities have warned of a risk of avalanches in areas with steep slopes and a large amount of snow cover in Eastern Anatolia Region. Wind gusts may cause blowing and drifting snow; decreasing visibility in affected areas.

Possible Effects:

  • Heavy snow will likely make driving hazardous in some areas. o Authorities could implement temporary road closures or detours in such locations.

  • Mountain passes and tunnels could be closed as a precautionary measure during periods of intense snowfall.

  • Potential delays and cancellations at airports across Turkey.

  • Authorities may temporarily suspend port operations if strong winds trigger hazardous sea conditions, impacting freight and passenger maritime traffic.

  • Reduced visibility and potentially dangerous driving conditions are likely on secondary and rural roadways.

  • Gusty winds may topple high-profile vehicles.

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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