Local authorities in 15 provinces across Turkey announced closures of schools for Monday as heavy snowfall and freezing temperatures took hold, APA reports citing Daily Sabah.
Civil servants with disabilities and pregnant public sector employees were also given one-day leaves due to bad weather. The shutdowns and leaves applied to the entire province and districts hit worst by the bad weather.
The provinces include the northern Black Sea region's Artvin, Rize, Bolu, Kastamonu, Samsun, Trabzon, Karabuk, Giresun, Gumushane, Ordu, and Tokat, southeastern Turkey's Hakkari and Sirnak, and eastern Turkey's Van and Ardahan.
Schools will start a midsemester break later this week across Turkey but the snowfall, which affected the northern and eastern regions in particular, had forced authorities to shut down schools on multiple days in the past two weeks.