Unseasonal snow grips Istanbul following mostly dry winter, Turkey | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Unseasonal snow grips Istanbul following mostly dry winter, Turkey

Heavy snowfall hit Istanbul, Turkey, on Wednesday, March 24, 2021, after a mostly dry winter season the country's third-warmest winter in the last five decades. The snow was also an unusual occurrence for this time of the year in the city, which experienced two brief but heavy snow spells in the last two months.

Heavy precipitation first gripped Istanbul's Asian side early Wednesday, before heading to the European side, bringing morning traffic to a standstill in some areas. A brief hailstorm was reported in some districts.

Stranded motorists had to wait for hours, especially on sections of the D-100 Highway. Meanwhile, a road accident occurred at a road connecting Arnavutkoy and Hadimkoy districts as a truck drifted on the icy road and overturned.

The sudden snow also delayed travel as bus stops and stations were crowded. An underwater rail service linking the city's European and Asian sides were also packed with passengers who avoided traffic on bridges over the Bosporus.

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