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How can I explain briefly (like in a headline) that the city is covered with snow? Are the following examples correct, or do you suggest something else?

Istanbul beneath (the?) snow (piles?)
Istanbul under (the?) snow (piles?)

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How about "Istanbul buried in snow"? (That would suggest quite a lot of snow, though; I'm not sure how much you're actually having.) –  RegDwigнt Dec 15 '10 at 14:35
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Istanbul under snow sounds like a perfectly acceptable, snappy headline to me, as does Instanbul beneath snow, but I'd prefer the former. –  CJM Dec 15 '10 at 15:19
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Instanbul under snow sounds like the snow is somehow attacking Istanbul. –  Eric Dec 15 '10 at 15:54
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How often is Istanbul really buried in snow? I can not even remember when I had to describe Oslo (in Norway) as buried in snow... ;) –  Stein G. Strindhaug Dec 15 '10 at 16:02
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"Istanbul snowed in" works as a "headline"... –  user730 Dec 15 '10 at 16:04
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up vote 7 down vote accepted

You could say that the city is blanketed in snow.

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Nice one... +1. –  Mehper C. Palavuzlar Dec 15 '10 at 15:13
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"Istanbul Snowed Under" is a short and sweet headline.

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Snowy Istanbul.
Snow-covered Istanbul.
Snow-wrapped Istanbul.
Snow-bound Istanbul.
Snow-entombed Istanbul.

(in increasing order of severity)

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Snow wrapped and snow entombed? Is that British? Never heard those before. –  Eric Dec 15 '10 at 15:52
    
@Eric: No it's not British. –  RedGrittyBrick Dec 15 '10 at 19:11
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If a city has a lot of rain would you describe it as "under the water"?

I think both "under" and "beneath" suggests really massive amount of snow, so that you have to dig down to find the city under the snow.

I'd say "covered" is more correct.

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Makes sense. +1. –  Mehper C. Palavuzlar Dec 15 '10 at 17:16
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Istanbul is covered in snow. Istanbul is buried in snow. Istanbul is a winter wonderland.

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