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Texas Deep Freeze Lingers While Electrical Grid Holds Steady

  • Temperatures across state are about 20 degrees below average
  • Electrical grid saw less power demand than predicted
Snow lies on the ground near power lines at White Rock Lake after a winter storm in Dallas, Texas on Feb. 3. 

Snow lies on the ground near power lines at White Rock Lake after a winter storm in Dallas, Texas on Feb. 3. 

Photographer: Emil Lippe/Getty Images

A bitter cold blast is gripping Texas in the wake of a winter storm, but the state’s power grid is managing to keep up with demand as residents cranked up heaters.

Early morning temperatures in Dallas were at 20 degrees Fahrenheit (-7 degrees Celsius), while Midland, in the oil- and natural gas-rich Permian Basin, was at 10 degrees, with highs later in the day only expected to reach the 30s.