New Winter Storm Threatens Fragile Power Grids in Texas, Other Parts of U.S.

New Winter Storm Threatens Fragile Power Grids in Texas, Other Parts of U.S.

Millions of Americans remained without power for a third consecutive day, as another winter storm began blanketing parts of the South with more snow and freezing rain.

The new storm, which will move toward the East Coast later this week, will prolong icy conditions in some areas hit earlier this week by an Arctic blast of subzero temperatures and snow, according to the National Weather Service’s Weather Prediction Center.

Predictions show snowfall of four inches and above from Oklahoma to the mid-Atlantic region, with Pennsylvania potentially seeing eight inches or more later this week. “Significant freezing rain is also likely from Texas to Tennessee and North Carolina to Virginia,” the weather service said on Twitter , adding that parts of Texas, Mississippi and the Mid-Atlantic could accumulate swaths of ice a half-inch thick.

Hazardous weather will move into the Florida panhandle and the Carolinas on Thursday, including the possibility of tornadoes, the NWS warned.

The freezing conditions have strained electrical grids across the U.S., and left millions of people without power. At least 20 people have died due to weather-related issues, according to the Associated Press.

Source: WSJ – US News

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