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Millions are still without power as another storm brings more ice and frigid air to hardest-hit states
POSTED BY WLAS February 17th, 2021 0 COMMENTS

(CNN) Another winter storm is raking Texas and will menace the Southeast through the Mid-Atlantic on Wednesday, piling more misery on areas already struggling with power and water outages, freezing temperatures and slippery roads.

In Houston, already home to many of the state’s millions of dayslong power outages, Angelina Villarreal was trying to stay warm Wednesday in her chilly living room, with power out since Monday and outside temperatures hovering near freezing.

Her bedroom flooded, thanks to a burst pipe, she told CNN. “It’s just me, my mom, my sister and my pets trying to keep warm and eat whatever we have here that hasn’t gotten spoiled,” Villarreal wrote on Twitter.

About 125 million people are under winter weather alerts extending from Texas — where millions have been without power in often freezing temperatures — to New England. On Wednesday, snow and freezing rain are expected to bring perilous travel conditions and more power outages from the South to the Mid-Atlantic.

Freezing rain already was falling across central Texas on Wednesday morning, leaving streets and sidewalks coated in ice and making travel difficult or impossible. Ice also was collecting north of Houston, the National Weather Service said.

“(Wednesday’s storm is) the worst of the winter events we have experienced over the last week,” the weather service’s office in Austin wrote Wednesday.

This comes as more than 3.2 million homes and businesses were without power Wednesday morning across a portions of a country already coping with a week of winter storms, according to PowerOutage.US. More than 2.7 million of those were in Texas, where officials say high demand and freezing conditions crippled utilities’ power generation and left many turning to fireplaces, vehicles or other means to stay warm.

Over the last few days, wintry weather has left states with more temperate climates — including Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Mississippi, and Kentucky — facing hazardous roads, power outages and water shutoffs over the last few days. It has led to at least 26 deaths across the country, including three people who died in carbon monoxide related incidents and one driver who hit a snowplow.

On Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service:

— 3 to 6 inches of snow could fall from Arkansas and the Mid-South to the central Appalachians.

— Significant ice accumulations are forecast in parts of Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, North Carolina and Virginia.

“In areas … with these devastating ice accumulations, residents can expect dangerous travel conditions, numerous power outages and extensive tree damage,” the weather service wrote.

By Thursday, the storm is expected to drop snow from the Mid-Atlantic to New England.

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