The next two days could be very snowy for parts of the southern US as freezing rain, sleet and snow are expected in many states this week.
Most of central Texas, including the Dallas and Austin metro areas, was placed under a winter storm warning until Wednesday. Sections of Arkansas and Tennessee, including the Little Rock and Memphis areas, were placed under snowstorm warnings for late Tuesday and early Wednesday.
More than one-tenth of an inch of rain is expected in these areas through Wednesday, according to forecasts from the National Weather Service. Some of these areas, especially west of Dallas, could get up to half an inch of freezing rain.
According to Duke Energy, a quarter inch of snow is enough to down trees and cause widespread power outages.
The Texas power grid has been susceptible to winter power outages. In February 2021, the state experienced massive outages following a winter storm, followed by extreme cold that left millions without power.
The authorities released a report indicating that at least 246 deaths occurred due to power cuts in February 2021. The Texas Tribune reported,