Even though the snow and ice rain have stopped, the below-freezing temperatures and chilly winds are causing ice buildup on roads, making driving very dangerous. Several cities have reported electric and water supply problems. Crypto miners in Texas are reducing their activities to help prevent power shortages.
Roads Are Closed for Traffic All Over the State
Roads are very slick due to low temperatures and cold winds that refreeze accumulated precipitation, Cleburne and Grapevine police departments warn. Some streets are closed for traffic – northbound lanes of U.S. 75 at Eldorado Parkway in McKinney, westbound lanes on Interstate 635 and 20 In Duncanville, and Interstate 30 and 45 in Dallas. Police urge people to stay home and avoid driving, especially at night.
34,000 People Are Without Electricity
The power grid is restored, and the users are slowly returning to the grid, the officials say. The heavy snow is causing power cables to snap all over Texas. In addition, the trees that break under the weight of the snow often fall on cables, making the situation even more difficult.
Water Supply Has Been Compromised in Some Areas
The city of Commerce in Hunt County has issued a “boil water” notice due to low pressure in the system. The city officials stated that the pressure is slowly being restored, but the notice remains until quality analysis is done.
Crypto Miners Are Reducing Activities in Texas
In a joint effort to help lower the burden on the power grid, various crypto mining companies have announced a reduction in activity. One of the largest crypto miners, Riot Blockchain, has already commenced shuting down 99% of its activities at its Texas facility.
Recommendations for Safe Travel
If you have no choice and must drive in these conditions, you should make sure you have good winter tires and winter equipment. The gas tank and phone battery should be full in case you get stranded somewhere and need to call and wait for help.
Carrying tools like shovels and similar is also highly recommended. If you plan to drive outside urban areas, make sure you have your GPS on so you would know your whereabouts since visibility reduces significantly during winter winds which raise snow from the ground. Of course, you should also check if the first aid kit is in order.