An “unprecedented” cold spell has spread across the United States at the beginning of the week, with an Arctic wind that is also causing temperatures to drop in southern states like Texas, the US weather services warned on Monday.
There has been intermittent rain, snowfall, snowfall, polar freezing from East Coast to West Coast for many days. And this situation should continue in the coming days.
Accustomed to record heat compared to snow, Texas is particularly affected by this historical cold.
A thick sheet of snow covered the streets, trees and cars of the state capital, Austin. This weekend saw temperatures drop to -18 degrees Celsius in some places while in a big city like Houston hit -9 degrees.
Residents of Texan cities find themselves cuckooed at home, children are unable to move out due to lack of sufficiently warm clothing in this state, where normal average temperatures are around 20 degrees.
According to the site, Poweroutage.us, due to measures to prevent heavy snowfall, frost and grid overload, about 2.8 million homes in the “Lone Star State” received power without GMT at 7:30 pm Monday.
Texas declared a state of emergency in its 254 counties for climatic reasons, approved by President Joe Biden on Sunday evening.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott warned at a press conference on Saturday, “Every part of the state is going to experience cold conditions in the coming days and I urge Texas to be very alert to the harsh weather . ”
The icy storm has already caused serious accidents. A huge pileup on a highway near Dallas, particularly on Thursday, left at least six dead and dozens injured.
Also in the south of the country, the state of Tennessee was also in the snow, showing an impressive video showing, on the social network, a vehicle sliding onto a frosty pavement turned into an ice rink as it exited the garage.
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Beyond Texas, at least six states: Alabama, Oregon, Oklahoma, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi have issued a state of emergency declarations and more than 3,000 flights were canceled across the country on Monday, according to the FlightOver website.
The National Weather Service (NWS) said on Monday, “More than 150 million Americans live in places where extreme cold, freezing rain or snowfall is planned.”
“This spectacular cool water coming into the continental United States is associated with an Arctic high-pressure region and a very active depression with rain waves, taking into account the freezing temperatures,” the institution said.
“Hundreds of cold records have been recorded and will break during this polar cold snap,” NWS said.
In the center of the country, parts of Minnesota, one of the coldest states in the United States, have already reached record highs during the weekend with -45 ° C.
According to the Meteorological Department’s warning, the temperature in the central and southern plains of the country is expected to drop well by Tuesday.