Heavy snowfall and cold weather caused problems in daily life in the western part of Turkey on Saturday.
Snowfall started late Friday and led to several traffic accidents in Istanbul and other western provinces such as Tekirdag, Edirne and Balikesir. Snowy weather will continue along with strong winds, meteorologists said.
Highway officials closed the TEM highway from Istanbul to Edirne for cars. Only trucks and coaches are allowed to head to Edirne, officials said.
Meanwhile, bad weather conditions caused energy cuts in Istanbul. Technical problems have resulted in power supply shortfall in several districts of Istanbul, officials said.
Power cuts led to problems in gas and water supply as well. Authorities warned people to turn off their combi boilers when electricity is cut.
Seabus services from Istanbul to neighboring provinces Bursa and Yalova were also cancelled due to strong wind and snowfall.
Istanbul metropolitan municipality said that nearly 4,000 workers were fighting bad weather conditions since Friday night, adding that snow depth is expected to reach 10 centimeters in downtown Istanbul.
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Municipality officials also said that hundreds of homeless people were provided with food, medical check-up and shelter in hotels and gyms.