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

You could say that the city is blanketed in snow.


"Istanbul Snowed Under" is a short and sweet headline.


For a dramatic eye-catching headline, I'd suggest

Istanbul TRAPPED in snow!

For something less sensational any of the the following:

  • Istanbul hit by snow
  • Istanbul under a layer of snow

For something more literary

  • A mantle of snow covers the city of Istanbul
  • Istanbul in a mantle of snow
  • Just above this line I see "answered Mar 10 at 10:10, edited 10 hours ago". Could this be a sign? :) – Mehper C. Palavuzlar Mar 13 '15 at 22:33
  • ...and plus 1 BTW. – Mehper C. Palavuzlar Mar 13 '15 at 22:35

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

(in increasing order of severity)

  • 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

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.


Istanbul is covered in snow. Istanbul is buried in snow. Istanbul is a winter wonderland.

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