More than 12 million people are under ice storm warnings, according to the National Weather Service as of Wednesday night. About 7 million people are under winter storm warnings.
The NWS is predicting the ice storm hitting much of the south, especially parts of Texas, will pass through by Thursday. The winter weather warnings are mostly in Texas, Arkansas, parts of Oklahoma and Tennessee.
Here's a look at the map:
In Texas, hundreds of thousands of people are still without power across the state. With temperatures forecast to be below freezing, here are some things you can do to stay warm if your power is out.
First, if you are using a generator, make sure it is at least 20 feet outside and away from your home, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Austin, Texas, Emergency Management also recommends:
- Wearing several layers of clothing. Each player should be lightweight so that air can circulate, but warm.
- Even if you're inside, don't be afraid to wear hats, mittens and blankets.
- Close the curtains around your windows.
- Try to stay together in one room and close the door.