By Anna Skinner
Newsweek Dec. 13, 2022
Texans could have a dark, cold Christmas if an Arctic blast headed east continues its path.
Texas suffered a massive power grid failure in February 2021 after three severe winter storms and frigid temperatures stressed the grid. The grid’s failure resulted in millions of Texans losing power, leading to a lack of food, water and warmth.
The failure proved fatal, and hundreds died because of the outage. The failure dealt a blow to the economy as well, resulting in a loss of at least $195 billion.
Since the 2021 power grid failure, other uncharacteristic storms have hit the Lone Star State, but none have threatened the grid to the same extent. According to one meteorologist, that could change by Christmas.
WCNC Meteorologist Brad Panovich shared a forecast depicting temperatures for the next two weeks. Much of Texas will be subject to much colder than normal temperatures for several days over Christmas.
“The bigger story going forward is the Arctic blast that moves into the west first then pushing east for Christmas,” Panovich tweeted. “The Texas Grid is going to be tested again.”
The forecast shows Texas experiencing a quick cold blast with temperatures as cold as 17 degrees lower than the average before returning to normal on December 19. Texas is expected to be hit with a warm spell roughly three days before Christmas, but the temperatures plunge beginning December 23 and continue to dip through Christmas.
The entirety of the state is expected to have colder than normal temperatures, with northern Central Texas subject to the coldest temperatures as low as 30 degrees colder than the state’s average. Temperatures begin to ease after Christmas, but the state could still be subject to temps that are 14 degrees lower than the average for late December.
In 2021, the grid was pummeled by frigid temperatures, ice and snow, making it an especially dangerous environment for the southern state. In the days leading up to Christmas, AccuWeather Chief Meteorologist Jonathan Porter expects the storms to miss Texas on the days that frigid temperatures are felt throughout the state, but it’s something the weather team is watching closely.
Originally posted on Newsweek.