The Lone Star state is known for its expansive deserts and brutal heatwaves – but right now, it’s coated in a heavy layer of ice.
Lone Star State Experiencing the Coldest Temperatures in Many Years
At this time, the state is seeing some of its most chilly temperatures in more than 30 years, with some areas shattering records that are more than a century old.
In fact, parts of Texas, the Lone Star State, reached 0F (-18C) this past Sunday, and therefore weather warnings are going to stay in place through the week.
The “Arctic outbreak” originated just above the U.S.-Canada border, according to the U.S. National Weather Service (NWS). It brought a winter snowstorm as well as dropping temperatures.
There are a series of low-pressure systems in Arctic that control the air outbreaks, according the NWS. Things changed as as one moved through Canada and went into the U.S. last week.
In fact, temperatures in the city of Dallas, for example, will reach a high of 14F (-10C) on Monday. Moreover, when it should be more like in essence such as 59F (15C) at this time of year.
All counties were under a Winter storm warning. It was the first time in the U.S. state. In fact, the temperature in Dallas is already colder than in Anchorage, Alaska.
President Joe Biden Declared an Emergency in Texas
President Joe Biden declared an emergency in Texas in a statement on Sunday night. The emergency has authorized U.S. agencies to co-ordinate disaster relief in the state.
The state’s power grid operator initiates rotating power outages, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (Ercot). It happened early on Monday and to reduce demand on the electricity system.
In fact, traffic lights and other infrastructure may be temporary without power, it added in a tweet.
Consumers are urging to reduce electricity use. It has also issued a level-three energy emergency alert.
Houston Fire Chief Samuel Pena tweeted nearly 120 car accidents were reported on Sunday.
There have been cancellations for hundreds of flights in and out of the state.
Treacherous Weather in the Lone Star State
Moreover, the weather has shown to be deadly. This past Thursday, there were icy roads that led to a huge crash that involved more than 100 vehicles in Forth Worth that killed six people and dozens who needed immediate hospital treatment.