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Expected snow postpones school
re-opening in Istanbul

Heavy snowfall, storms expected on Monday, Tuesday in Istanbul, according to Met Office

Snow began to fall over Istanbul, Turkey’s most populated city, late Saturday, commencing a week of projected sleet amid fears of a harsh winter the city has not experienced in years

Face-to-face classes across Istanbul have been suspended across Istanbul until Feb. 17 due to expected heavy snowfall, said the provincial governor on Sunday.

Nearly 5,000 students in 73 schools across Istanbul were expected to start face-to-face classes as of Feb. 15 but the decision has been postponed, Ali Yerlikaya said in a statement.

Disabled people working in public institutions and organizations, those with chronic diseases, and pregnant staff will be granted administrative leave during the specified period, without the need for an additional instruction or request, he added.

Heavy snowfall and storms are expected on Monday and Tuesday in Istanbul, according to the General Directorate of Meteorology.