Snow shuts schools, delays flights in Iran capital

The snow dump caused long delays to flights to and from Tehran’s Mehrabad International Airport. (File/AFP)
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Updated 19 January 2020

Snow shuts schools, delays flights in Iran capital

  • The snow started falling early in the morning and disrupted the flow of traffic on some of the city’s main highways
  • Snowfall is forecast to continue until Monday in Tehran and other northern provinces

TEHRAN: Heavy snow covered the streets of Tehran on Sunday, causing major flight delays and forcing the closure of schools, authorities in the Iranian capital said.
AFP correspondents said the snow started falling early in the morning and disrupted the flow of traffic on some of the city’s main highways.
“We knew that it would snow as of last night and that it naturally affects traffic,” head of Tehran’s traffic police Mohammadreza Mehmandar told state television.
“On some highways in the north (of Tehran) there was a bit of ice... and accidents were responded to quickly,” he added.
Schools in all the districts of Tehran city and some parts of the province were closed in both morning and the afternoon due to the heavy snowfall.
The snow dump caused long delays to flights to and from Tehran’s Mehrabad International Airport.
“Flights at Mehrabad will go ahead but with delays due to the lack of proper vision,” said Reza Jafarzadeh, spokesman for Iran’s aviation authority.
But flights were still going according to schedule at Imam Khomeini International Airport, also in Tehran, he added.
Snowfall is forecast to continue until Monday in Tehran and other northern provinces.


Iranians begin voting in parliamentary election

Updated 21 February 2020

Iranians begin voting in parliamentary election

  • Voting is scheduled to last for 10 hours
  • There are some 58 million Iranians eligible to vote for the country’s 290-seat parliament

DUBAI: Iranians began voting on Friday in a parliamentary election unlikely to change the Islamic Republic’s troubled relations with the United States, after thousands of candidates were barred from the field in favor of hard-liners.
State television reported that polling started at 0430 GMT. Voting is scheduled to last for 10 hours. There are some 58 million Iranians eligible to vote for the country’s 290-seat parliament.