. . . Snow!
Ankara is not historically known for big snowfalls. Apparently, that is changing now that I am here. Last year, I flew back to the States in March. I day or two before the flight, we were hit with 16 inches. (That’s 2.5 cm per inch).
This year, the snow just won’t stop. There was a span where it snowed at least 9 days out of 11. It’s snowed pretty much once, twice or three times a week since then.
The problem with snow in Ankara is that most roads are not plowed. The city’s terrain is similar to San Franciso – lots of hills. And on top of that, it is rare that anyone shovels a sidewalk.
Picture this. Snow covered roads. Pedestrians forced to walk in the streets. Cars heading in the wrong directions to avoid hills.
Let me make it easier for you to picture. A friend just came aross this video taken in GOP, a more well-to-do neighborhood, minutes from my home.
wow, haven’t they ever heard of snow chains?! every time I’ve been to Ankara in the winter, it’s always been feet deep in snow … you’d think they’d have learned by now!!
Hi Victoria! I believe snow chains are required by law. We have them in our trunk and I would have no idea how to put them on if I needed to. The problem is, the snow in the roads melts quickly and chains are bad for the roads!