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Winter in Istanbul usually hits around October and lasts until April, and the months from November and February see a fair amount of rain. The temperatures typically vary between 40F – 55F and snow showers are rare.

I heard that Turkey does see snow, but Istanbul only sees a dusting, there hasn’t been real snow here in about 5-7 years (according to locals).

I must have brought New York with me here. The temperature has dropped to 30F with an expected 6 inches on the way. However, this is a city that doesn’t anticipate snow, so a lot of public transportation is having trouble functioning and is closing down.

 

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View of our street this morning.

 

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Views of the snow beginning last night, walking home from the Kadıköy ferry port.

 

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Stray dogs checking out snow.

 

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Bahriye Street

 

Snow Update:
Like I said, though Istanbul is not a stranger to snow, the strength, duration and amount of this storm is quite unusual. The Istanbul airport closed temporarily and Turkish Airlines canceled 300+ flights. Local ferries and even the Bosphorus Strait (the main shipping channel) was closed. Towns put salt on the roads, but it wasn’t enough – 800+ car accidents occurred Tuesday-Wednesday due to bad driving conditions and no snow tires.