First snow of season hits Turkey's Marmara

The first snow of the season greeted residents of the Marmara region on Sunday, following on the heels of the cold and showery weather that hit Turkey on Saturday.

First snow of season hits Turkey's Marmara

World Bulletin / News Desk

The first snow of the season greeted residents of the Marmara region on Sunday, following on the heels of the cold and showery weather that hit Turkey on Saturday.

In Bolu, the rain turned into snow on Sunday, while Bursa's Uludağ and central Kocaeli's Kartepe were completely blanketed with snow as of Monday morning.

The freezing weather that has held Europe in its grip for days has finally arrived in Turkey as well. Temperatures fell by 13 degrees Celsius overnight between Saturday and Sunday, with snowfall starting in many of the northwestern cities.

Snow in Uludağ, the highest point in Marmara, had reached a depth of 2 centimeters as of Monday morning. The temperature was below zero.

The Samanlı Mountains in Kocaeli, another winter tourism resort area in Marmara no less important than Uludağ, now have snow-covered peaks, as well. The summit, at 1,640 meters -- called Kartepe -- was teeming with visitors, who had snowball fights and played in the snow on Sunday. The facilities in the Kartepe area are waiting for snow to reach 80 centimeters to start ski season.

Snowfall also began Sunday night on Bolu Mountain. In downtown Bolu, precipitation came in the form of rain and showers, but that also turned to snow along the D100 highway close to Bolu Mountain.

Snow depth in Bolu's Abant National Park was 10 centimeters as of Sunday night. Most residents spent the weekend at hotels and took morning walks around Abant Lake, which is now ringed with snow.

Tourism professionals in the area say the snowfall has increased the number of bookings and reservations.

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