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An eastbound view of East Stassney Lane in south Austin on Feb. 15, 2021.
Winter Storm 2021

Photos: Texans face an ice storm that's left millions of people without power

An arctic blast barreled though Texas over Valentines Day weekend. Temperatures plummeted and ice and snow blanketed the entire state, leaving millions of people without electricity. Texas Tribune photographers fanned out across the state to record the historic cold snap. Here's what they saw.

Winter Storm 2021

As Texas faced record-low temperatures this February and snow and ice made roads impassable, the state’s electric grid operator lost control of the power supply, leaving millions without access to electricity. As the blackouts extended from hours to days, top state lawmakers called for investigations into the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, and Texans demanded accountability for the disaster. We have compiled a list of resources for Texans who are seeking help, or places to get warm. To get updates sent straight to your phone, text "hello" to 512-967-6919 or visit this page to sign up.

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South Austin after a severe snow storm that dropped temperatures into the single digits. Feb. 15, 2021.
South Austin after a severe snow storm that dropped temperatures into the single digits. Feb. 15, 2021.
The Blanco Vista neighborhood of San Marcos is blanketed with several inches of snow as a massive winter weather system caus…
The Blanco Vista neighborhood of San Marcos is blanketed with several inches of snow as a massive winter weather system caus…
Sledders use a wheelchair to go down a hill at Hermann Park in Houston on Feb. 15, 2021.
Mia Natali does snow angels at Hermann Park in Houston on Feb. 15, 2021.
A jogger runs in Hermann Park in Houston on Feb. 15, 2021.
A handful of people visited the park with tennis rackets in hand on Feb. 15, 2021, in Houston. A raref snowfall blanketed th…
Snow gathers on palm leaves in Houston on Feb. 15, 2021.
Icicles form on the grill of a car in Houston on Feb. 15, 2021.
A view of Space Center Houston on Feb. 15, 2021, in Houston. A rare snowfall blanketed the city as well as other parts of Te…
An aerial view of northbound Interstate 35 at Stassney Lane in South Austin after a severe snow storm. Feb. 15, 2021.
A Jeep drives offroad beneath the snow covered Franklin Mountains in El Paso on Feb. 15, 2021.
A house painted with cacti is covered in snow and ice in El Paso on Feb. 15, 2021.
Logan Williams sleds down a hill at Memorial Park in El Paso on Feb. 15, 2021.
Vehicles attempt to drive uphill through snow and ice on Guadalupe Street in Austin on Feb. 15, 2021.
People push on the back of a truck to attempt to get the vehicle unstuck from the snow in Austin on Feb. 15, 2021.
Vehicles attempt to drive through snow and ice on North Lamar Boulevard in Austin on Feb. 15, 2021.
Scenes from McKinney during the winter storm affecting the entire state. The storm brought snow, ice, and freezing temperatu…

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