Freezing Temperature Paralyzes Texas
Monday saw Texas covered by an ice storm, battering parts of the state, causing traffic accidents, cancellations of 1,500 flights, and power outages in thousands of houses.
The storm was characterized by freezing rain and high winds. It was expected that the cold would last another day as low temperature made the road wet and slick.
Commuters were advised to stay off the ice-covered roads.
According to the National Weather Service, large swaths of land from Arkansas to North Carolina experienced cold winter storms on Monday. Snow and rain was also experienced in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and northern Arizona, the weather service said.
Nearly 1,100 flights were cancelled at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport as of 3 p.m. CST (2100 GMT), according to tracking service FlightAware.com. There were more than 100 flights cancelled at Love Field in Dallas, a major airport for Southwest Airlines.
The icy winter has killed more than 22 people in Tennessee in the past few days, according to the state’s Emergency Management Agency.
Succumbing to ice
Eleven people were killed in Kentucky as the state was pummeled by snow and ice on Feb 16, officials said.
Schools in Dallas and Fort Worth were closed on Monday. There was negligible traffic on the highways. The electricity was also hampered as iced-over trees knocked down power lines.
According to Texas officials, hundreds of car accidents occurred in the area.