A record-breaking winter storm continues to dump snow on the state of Texas.
The winter storm that brought more misery to the South on Thursday continued to dump snow and ice across the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast on Friday, just as millions of Texans grappled with the aftermath of the deadly winter blast.
But there is some good news for the beleaguered south-central U.S., including Texas: Much warmer weather is forecast for next week across the region, as temperatures slowly rebound back to their normal levels.
“A rebound in temperatures will begin in earnest this weekend but will throttle into high gear next week to the point where temperatures surge to levels 30, 40 and 50 degrees higher than during the depths of the frigid air from Feb. 13-16,” according to AccuWeather meteorologist Alex Sosnowski. “A few places may end up experiencing temperatures 60-70 degrees higher by the middle to latter part of the coming week.”
Although power outages numbered about 180,000 in Texas on Friday – way down from the 4 million earlier in the week – the crisis was not over due to the lack of safe drinking water in many areas.
The storms and frigid weather also left over 130,000 without power in Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia early Friday. And more than 90,000 were without electricity in Mississippi, according to poweroutage.us. In Oregon, 68,000 were still enduring a weeklong outage following a massive ice and snow storm.
The extreme weather was blamed for the deaths of at least 59 people, with a growing toll of those who perished trying to keep warm.
In the northeastern U.S., winter weather advisories stretched from Eastern Kentucky to Massachusetts by Friday morning with a handful of winter storm warnings splattered across North Carolina into Maryland, AccuWeather said. Over 40 million people live where the advisories or warnings were in effect.
The storm was forecast to bring 1 to 3 inches of additional snowfall to the Northeast on Friday, the National Weather Service said, while places downwind of the Lower Great Lakes could see between 4 and 8 inches of snow.
Yet another snowstorm will affect portions of the Midwest, Great Lakes and interior Northeast on Sunday and Monday, AccuWeather said.
“Compared to the wintry precipitation this past week, snow amounts are expected to be lower and there is little threat of ice,” said AccuWeather meteorologist Ryan Adamson. “Furthermore, areas in the South that dealt with winter’s wrath the past several days will be spared this time.”