As Turkey continues to face the onslaught of a harsh winter, the State Meteorology Bureau has forecast more cold, rainy and icy weather for the country for Friday and Saturday.
According to information released by meteorology officials, temperatures will decrease by 4 to 6 degrees Celsius across the country, below seasonal averages.
Heavy rainfall, which is forecast across Turkey, may disrupt daily life, officials said. The State Meteorology Bureau announced the southeastern provinces of Şırnak, Siirt and Hakkari will see heavy rainfall. Residents of these provinces, as well as of the coastal provinces located in the Mediterranean and Black Sea regions, have been warned to take precautions against possible floods and probable transportation delays.
Meanwhile, ice and frost are expected to affect the central and eastern parts of Turkey, particularly east central Anatolia. Residents of these regions are advised to be extra cautious when venturing outside.
More snow is expected for the interior parts of the eastern Black Sea and eastern Anatolian regions, and residents of these regions have been warned about possible avalanches.
Meanwhile, a total of 334 roads were blocked in the provinces of Muş, Bitlis and Çankırı due to heavy snowfall, the Anatolia news agency reported on Wednesday.
The lowest temperature recorded on Wednesday was in Ağrı province in eastern Anatolia, where the thermometer dropped to as low as minus 23 degrees Celsius. A total of 214 villages could not be reached Wednesday due to heavy snowfall in the eastern provinces of Erzurum, Ağrı and Iğdır.
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