The Texas Council, which manages most of the state’s electricity, has caused rotating power outages as the state experiences a winter storm that sees snow and ice fall and temperatures

DALLAS – A winter storm that dropped snow and ice also caused temperatures to plummet over the southern plains, leading to a power outage in Texas a day after flights were canceled and traffic over large sections of the U.S

Rotating power outages were initiated early Monday morning by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), meaning hundreds of thousands were without power for a short time as temperatures near Dallas and their 20s (roughly minus 5 degrees Celsius) fell into teenagers around Houston

“We urge Texans to put safety first,” tweeted ERCOT, urging residents to reduce power consumption The council manages the flow of electricity in the state

The council called the rotating failures a “last resort to ensure the reliability of the entire electrical system,” adding that it is up to utility companies to determine how to reduce demand for the system

“Every grid operator and electricity company is struggling to restore power,” said Bill Magness, President and CEO of ERCOT, in a statement

Nearly 26 million customers in Texas were in the dark as of 8:20 a.m. on CST, according to Power Outage, a utility tracking site

Matt Varble, from the Las Colinas suburb of Dallas, told the Dallas Morning News that his power went out a couple of times Monday morning, the second time it went off around 3:30 a.m. and didn’t return by 7 a.m.

“It’s getting very cold in my house,” Varble told the newspaper. “I lived up north for a long time, and nothing like this happened when I lived in New York, Ohio and Illinois”

Around 5000 Oklahoma Gas & Electric customers were without power overnight, and Entergy Arkansas recorded about 3000 failures Both states have much smaller populations compared to Texas

Officials in Houston had warned people to prepare for breakdowns and dangerous roads – conditions similar to residents after a Category 5 hurricane

“There have been numerous reports of icing accidents lately,” said Bob Oravec, chief forecaster for the National Weather Service on Monday. “I think there will be a major threat today if the system pushes northeast”

By the morning 3000 flights canceled, including around 1600 at Dallas / Fort Worth International and Bush Intercontinental Airports in Texas At DFW, the temperature was 4 degrees Fahrenheit (-15 degrees Celsius) – 3 degrees (-16 degrees) colder than in Moscow

Accumulation of ice between a tenth and a quarter of an inch (0) 25 and 06 centimeters) is possible over eastern Louisiana, Mississippi, central Tennessee, Kentucky and over the border region of West Virginia and Ohio, Oravec said

Up to 30 centimeters of snow were expected in parts of the southern plain by Monday, said Marc Chenard, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service’s Weather Prediction Center

The region had been preparing for winter weather for most of the weekend, Texas Gov Greg Abbott issued a disaster declaration for all 254 counties in the state of Abbott, Oklahoma Gov Kevin Stitt and Arkansas Gov Asa Hutchinson always activated units of the National Guard to assist state authorities in tasks such as rescuing stranded drivers

President Joe Biden also declared a Texas emergency in a statement on Sunday evening. The statement is designed to expand state and local response efforts to include state aid

The National Weather Service announced Sunday that the forecast is eight to twelve inches of snow in central Oklahoma and four to eight inches in an area from east Texas to the Ohio Valley in the northeast by early Tuesday

In Louisiana, police closed several bridges and parts of some highways because of the icy conditions around Baton Rouge.In particular, Interstate 10 between Baton Rouge and Lafayette was closed in both directions on Monday morning due to ice build-up that caused several crashes

Snow began to fall Sunday afternoon in Memphis, Tennessee, and sleet in Jackson and other central parts of the state left roads and bridges slick in Mississippi

Parts of Kentucky and West Virginia that had recovered from an ice storm last week should reach up to a quarter of an inch (0.6 centimeters) of ice or up to eight inches of snow by Tuesday

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