İzmir welcomes second snow of season

While the current cold front moving in from the Balkans has been causing severe problems »»

While the current cold front moving in from the Balkans has been causing severe problems across many of the country’s provinces, residents of the western province of İzmir have greeted their second significant snowfall this year with elation.

İzmir woke up to a white morning on Tuesday, marking the second time the province has seen any significant snowfall since the beginning of the year. Snow blanketed the higher elevations of the province’s Bornova, Karşıyaka and Balçova districts. Many children flocked into the streets to play in the snow, which melted as the weather warmed up later in the day. Meanwhile, freezing temperatures have continued to inflict severe hardship across most of the country. While snowfall and ice made transportation difficult in the Aegean provinces of Uşak and Manisa on Tuesday, primary and high schools were closed for the day in Manisa’s Gördes, Alaşehir, Demirci and Sarıgöl districts. Many vehicles were stranded on the Uşak-Ankara Highway due to heavy snowfall, while municipal teams worked to clear the blocked roads. In the eastern provinces of Malatya, Tunceli and Sivas, a total of 459 village roads were blocked due to heavy snow. Officials from the Sivas Special Provincial Administration said 237 villages could not be reached due to blocked roads, adding that eight teams were working to rectify the situation. The lowest temperature recorded on Tuesday was in the eastern provinces of Ağrı and Kars, where the thermometer dropped to as low as minus 7 degrees Celsius.

2012-02-28

National