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 February 1, 2023

Southern states hammered by catastrophic and deadly storms

Across the south, including parts of Texas, have been crippled by freezing temperatures and ice storms that continued through Wednesday, Fox News reported. This led to nationwide travel problems and at least seven deaths.

Winter weather woes that began over the weekend continued to cause disruptions as thousands of flights were delayed or canceled across the nation. By Tuesday, 4,700 flights had been delayed, while about another 1,000 were canceled.

Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport was the most impacted by the storm, with nearly 350 flights in and out canceled Monday. Dallas Love Field had to nix more than 200 of its arrivals and departures.

Conditions on the ground were more treacherous, however. Stretches of Wyoming's I-80 were clogged with 44 vehicles after two separate incidents led to pileups on the snowy roadway.

At least one person was killed in that accident and six others in Texas. From Minnesota and Arkansas to the Lone Star State, icy road conditions led to dangerous road collisions, according to USA Today.

"We really cannot emphasize this enough: DO NOT BE ON THE ROADS," the Fort Worth office of the National Weather Service tweeted Wednesday. "They are going to virtually be impassable through today and tonight."

More than 300,000 people in Texas were still without power Wednesday evening because of fallen tree limbs and downed power lines. Austin Energy, which serves the state's capital, said it would be up to 24 hours before power could be restored though conditions made it "difficult to provide estimated restoration times."

The weather has been so cold that temperatures in some parts of Texas are lower than in Alaska. The temperature in Dallas Wednesday morning registered 28 degrees, while Anchorage, Alaska, was 31 degrees.

The deep freeze has had an impact on other parts of the nation as well. A funeral service for Tyre Nichols, the man beaten by police who later died, was delayed "due to weather and travel delays" for more than two hours in Memphis.

Parts of Oklahoma are still expected to get a winter storm this week. Minnesota, which is used to freezing conditions, experienced temperatures plunging to 25 degrees below zero in the morning, with some parts feeling even colder due to wind chill.

In New York, LaGuardia Airport was forced into a temporary ground stop for the second day in a row because of ice and snow in the area. The weather caused delays to stretch more than 40 minutes later into the day even after weather conditions had improved.

It would seem that all of this frigid air and wintry precipitation would dispel the myth of global warming. Not so for the experts who need the narrative for their own purposes.

According to the Washington Post, some experts believe that warming polar ice caps push cold air into typically temperate climates. The past few winters have seen the formation of a polar vortex over the northern hemisphere, and scientists believe it will persist.

These states experiencing the worst of winter are certainly facing unbelievable hardships. However, rough winters are an unfortunate but cyclical event, sometimes even for states that usually have milder winters.

Written By:
Christine Favocci

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