Istanbul Governor Ali Yerlikaya on March 11 announced a set of new measures amid heavy snowfall and severe weather conditions affecting the megacity, which is home to about 16 million people.
The entrance of trucks into Istanbul from the Anatolia and Thrace regions was initially banned early on March 11. But a few hours later, Yerlikaya announced that their entrances would be allowed "in a controlled manner."
Motorcycles and electric scooters have been also banned from traffic until the next announcement.
Meteoroloji Bölge Müdürlüğümüzden alınan son veriler neticesinde;#Anadolu ve #Trakya istikametlerinden #İstanbul’a seyahat eden TIR ve KAMYONLARIN ilimize GİRİŞİNE kontrollü olarak— Ali Yerlikaya (@AliYerlikaya) March 11, 2022
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“Due to heavy snowfall, please don't go into traffic unless it's necessary. Prefer public transportation. Make sure to have winter tires in your vehicles,” Yerlikaya said early on March 11.
The Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (İBB) also issued a statement, urging citizens not to go into traffic "unless absolutely necessary."
“Istanbul Municipality keeps all the roads in its area of responsibility open. Snow will increase in the afternoon today and will reach its highest level tomorrow. Due to sudden rains and icing, do not go out to traffic unless absolutely necessary,” İBB spokesperson Murat Ongun said.
İBB sorumluluk alanındaki yolların hepsini açık tutuyor. Kar bugün öğleden sonra artacak ve yarın en yüksek seviyeye ulaşacak. Ani yağışlar ve buzlanma sebebiyle, zorunlu olmadıkça kesinlikle trafiğe çıkmayınız. pic.twitter.com/0RTaCZWnOs— Murat Ongun (@Mrt_Ongun) March 11, 2022
Meanwhile, national flag carrier Turkish Airlines has canceled some of its flights from/to Istanbul and Sabiha Gökçen airports on March 11 and 12.
To the attention of our passengers;— TK HelpDesk (@TK_HelpDesk) March 10, 2022
Due to severe weather conditions expected in Istanbul on March 11 - 12, some of our flights from/to Istanbul and Sabiha Gökçen airports have been cancelled. +
The Turkish State Meteorological Service has declared a "yellow alert" for 56 provinces, stressing to take precautions against the heavy snow, while issuing an "orange alert" for Istanbul.
A “yellow alert” is issued when there is a “potential threat by a weather event.” Meteorologists rarely issue “orange alert,” which signifies a possibility of damage and loss in a “dangerous weather situation.”
🗓11 Mart 2022 (Cuma)— Meteoroloji (MGM) (@meteoroloji_twi) March 11, 2022
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The education was suspended on March 11 in more than 20 provinces of Turkey in the face of adverse weather conditions.