Turkish Airlines prepares for snow storm

Turkish Airlines has cancelled 142 of its flights to and from Istanbul as the city prepares for heavy snow, the Khaleej Times reports.

The majority of cancelled flights were domestic, however flights to European and Middle Eastern airports including Hamburg, Munich, Milan and Tehran have also been affected.

"The light snow that has been forecast around Istanbul on 30 December is expected to increase in severity on 31 December. For this reason, some journeys from Istanbul Ataturk and Sabiha Gokcen airports are cancelled and it is likely that there will be more weather-related problems on the same days," announced the carrier on its website.

Snow is expected to hit today, and continue on into early January.