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More U.S. States Under Winter Weather Alerts, Thousands Left Without Power as Winter Storm Affects the Country

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Over a hundred million people in 25 states that span from the Mexican to Canadian borders were under winter weather warnings on Thursday, CNN Meteorologist Monica Garrett said.

Snow, sleet, and ice have flurried over 2,000 miles of the eastern part of the US, and now many are trapped in the storm without power, according to a report by CNN.

About 130,000 customers were without electricity as of 9:15 a.m. ET, according to Poweroutage.us. Over 70,000 power outages were in Texas. More than 25,000 houses and offices had lost power in Arkansas.

According to The National Weather Service‘s Weather Prediction Center, the “significant winter storm is expected to impact much of the central and Northeastern U.S. through Friday night.”

Over 20 inches of snow has already fallen throughout the Colorado Springs area, the weather service declared, while portions of Illinois and Indiana are submerged under a foot of snow.

In Texas, the storm is expected to test the power grid hit with massive outages in February last year. The state’s power grid leaders, Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), on Wednesday announced that they’re confident they’ll be able to meet demands during the storm. However, they cautioned that there could be outages caused by the accumulated ice on wires or fallen tree branches.

Forecasters believe that the storm system will likely bring a frigid mixture of threats as it moves farther east.

“The system will be prolonged with several rounds of winter weather lasting through Friday for portions of the central U.S. before shifting to the interior Northeast,” the weather service said Wednesday.

Dangerous travel conditions have led to accidents and road closures. In Illinois, officials have closed portions of several highways after several crashes.

In Oklahoma, traveling in most areas “is strongly discouraged,” as declared by its transportation department. Two counties within the state were not affected in the early hours of Thursday morning, and portions of some interstates were closed, such as I-40 and I-35.

The Missouri Department of Transportation also warned motorists that numerous roads throughout the state were covered in snow.

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