A coast-to-coast winter storm delivered snow and ice all over the countryfrom Seattle to San Antonio and brought cool temperatures and rolling power outages to regions not accustomed to harsh winter weather.
At least 150 million Americans were under winter weather or ice skating, according to National Weather Service.
Southwest Power Pool, which manages the power grid in at least 14 states, ordered member power plants to start controlled rolling outages of electrical service because the demand for electricity in the region, driven by the cold cold, was overwhelming the system.
“This is an unprecedented event and marks the first time SPP has ever had to demand controlled interruptions of service,” said Lanny Nickell, the power pool’s operations manager, in a statement.
Bitter temperatures were expected to continue from the Rocky Mountains to the Appalachians until Tuesday, with readings 25 to 45 degrees Fahrenheit below normal at this time of year, the National Weather Service said.
Monday, February 15th
Shovel snow in Dallas.
A snow-covered road in Austin, Texas. The city was closed due to the storm.
One lived in Austin.
Snow and ice slowed traffic on Interstate 40 in Nashville.
Commuters in Waco, Texas, are trying to remove their cars from the snow.
A woman walking her dog on Narrow Riverfront Park in Cincinnati.
A boy feeding pigs during the storm in St. Joe, Ark.
A snowball fight in Ridgeland, Miss.
People working to free up a fixed vehicle in Oklahoma City.
Craig Crow walked through the snow with his daughters in San Antonio.
A vehicle towed an impromptu sled through campus at the University of Texas at Austin.
Michael Given asked for money at an intersection in Oklahoma City. Mr. Given said he is a restaurant worker who was fired during the coronavirus pandemic.
Snowy streets in Tulsa, Okla.
A stop sign encased in an ice shell in northern Tulsa.
Sea creatures were waiting for warmer weather in Chicago.
Nonsense and snow are closing roads in Dallas.
A sign issued a winter warning in Dallas.
Harrison Walsh drove near Pike Place Market in Seattle.
Visitors to a popular restaurant near Pike Place Market.
A test site Covid-19 was open in Seattle.
A jogger was navigating a snowy street in Seattle.
Cars driving in the snow along Interstate 705 in Tacoma, Wash.
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