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Some parts of the south could get above freezing today, but thawing will take longer. Here's why.

February 18, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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A contractor plows a business parking lot during record breaking cold and snow in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, U.S., on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. Snow is beginning to move out of the Oklahoma City metro area but much of the state is still dealing with slick and hazardous roads. Photographer: Nick Oxford/Bloomberg

Things are going to thaw in Texas but it won't happen as fast as some people would like, especially those with frozen pipes. Some areas might creep above freezing today and tomorrow.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said Thursday morning that several Covid-19 vaccine mega sites have already closed, will close or may close due to the wintry weather.

Atlantic and Gloucester County sites remain open, Murphy said, though Gloucester’s site is “under consideration” to close at some point depending on weather outlook.

Murphy also said there are vaccine supply chain issues, and while the severity is yet to be determined, he said the state is taking a “conservative expectation” that “anticipated deliveries will not arrive as scheduled. ”

As the winter storm that caused power outages in Texas and dumped snow and ice across much of the Southeast US moves northward, more than 100 million people stretching from Texas to Massachusetts are under a winter storm warning or winter weather advisory.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine issued a proclamation Wednesday declaring a state of emergency in Lawrence County, "due to dangerous and damaging conditions caused by this week's severe winter ice storms. "   

Lawrence County commissioners had declared a state of emergency on Tuesday, following a second round of severe winter weather, according to the Ohio Emergency Management Agency (EMA).

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins, the county’s director of emergency management, says the fault of the power and water crisis in Texas “lies squarely on Rick Perry and the current Gov. Greg Abbott. ” 

Some background: In a blog posted on House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s website, former Texas Gov. and Energy Secretary Rick Perry said that his home state’s current situation can be traced to “insufficient baseload power,” and claims that he and his fellow Texans will go without power for a longer period if it keeps the federal government from over-regulating their power grid.

“Extreme weather in Texas and around the world now is a completely predictable event,” Jenkins said.

About 23,000 people in Dallas County have been without power for three days, Jenkins said, and crews are working to restore it.

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