President Biden on Sunday approved an emergency declaration for Texas and multiple governors have declared states of emergency as a winter storm batters the Southern United States.
Southern states are being pummeled with snow and freezing rain as they endure the coldest temperatures in years, decades and, in at least one case, even a century. Snow is piling in Texas and Oklahoma and is expected to grow heavier later Sunday.
State officials have encouraged residents to stay home amid the weather, with Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas all deploying the National Guard to respond to the disaster, according to The Associated Press.
Marc Chenard, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service (NWS), told the AP that the southern Plains states could see up to 12 inches of snow into Monday, noting the rarity for winter storms to reach so far south.
All 254 counties in Texas received a winter storm warning from the NWS as of Sunday afternoon, as the state braces for continuing low temperatures, wind chills and precipitation from freezing rain to snow over at least the next day, the Texas Tribune reported.
President Biden approved a request for an emergency declaration for all Texas counties due to the results of the severe winter storm that has been affecting the state since Thursday. His approval to activate the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to respond to Texas came a day after Gov. Greg Abbott’s (R) inquiry.
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