Created: February 15, 2021 12:47 PM
MINNEAPOLIS - The National Weather Service says several cities are experiencing record lows amid a winter storm that's dropping snow and ice in a huge swath of the U.S.
The weather station in Hibbing/Chisholm, Minnesota, saw a record low of minus 38 degrees, while Sioux Falls, South Dakota, hit minus 26 degrees.
La Crosse, Wisconsin, reached a record low of minus 19. Chicago is dealing with bitter cold as temperatures linger well below freezing, and the city is warning residents that 8-12 inches of snow was expected through Tuesday.
In Dallas, the low could drop to just 1 degree Monday. The weather has prompted a power emergency in Texas, where rotating power outages were initiated by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas.
Meanwhile in Kentucky, officials urged people to stay off the roads after one round of wintry weather hit the state and another was forecast to start Monday afternoon.
“We already have some accidents on our roadways,” Gov. Andy Beshear said during a morning news conference. “It is slick and it is dangerous.”
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for central and western areas of the state and an ice storm warning for eastern Kentucky. Up to 9 inches of snow is forecast for central parts of the state and officials said the eastern part of the state could see about a half-inch of ice accumulation.
Weather conditions deteriorate across many other states as temperatures remain at or below freezing, with ice accumulating on the roadways.
Louisiana State Police said they have investigated nearly 75 weather-related crashes caused by a mixture of snow, sleet and freezing rain in the past 24 hours, according to a Facebook post.
The state Department of Transportation said on Facebook that all state-maintained roads in East Baton Rouge Parish “have been deemed unsafe due to the ever changing winter weather conditions.” Drivers on westbound Interstate 10 were being diverted onto other roads.
Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly declared a state of disaster as frigid temperatures and life-threatening wind chills grip the state.
Wind chills dropped as low as minus 30 in some areas overnight Sunday and temperatures will struggle to be above zero, adding to nearly a week of extremely low temperatures in much of the state, the National Weather Service said.
The low temperatures put stress on utility and natural gas providers, which were asking customers to conserve energy during the cold snap. The emergency declaration allows of state resources and personnel to be used to help with response or recovery operations under certain circumstances.
Mississippi is seeing slick conditions with the state Department of Transportation reporting ice on roads and bridges throughout much of the state.
The agency posted photos and video of snowy interstates on Facebook and urged people to stay home so crews can work to clear the roads.
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