Biting Cold Hits South With Unfamiliar Freeze, as Several States Declare Emergency

Biting Cold Hits South With Unfamiliar Freeze, as Several States Declare Emergency

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In Texas, where a 2021 storm killed 246 people and knocked out electricity for millions, officials urged residents to conserve power.

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Ice and snow created dangerous driving conditions in parts of the southern United States and led several governors to declare states of emergency.CreditCredit…Brad J. Vest for The New York Times

Stephanie Saul

Extreme weather gripped large parts of the Southern United States on Monday, with ice and snow hampering plans to commemorate the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, and several governors declaring states of emergency.

Communities generally unaccustomed to major winter storms, from Tennessee to Texas, canceled or postponed events honoring Dr. King.

In Memphis, the National Civil Rights Museum, located at the site of Dr. King’s slaying in 1968, announced it would close its doors and deliver its special programming virtually. Normally, the museum offers free admission on the holiday.

In San Antonio, an annual M.L.K. Day walk was canceled, with officials citing “dangerously low temperatures and potentially hazardous walking conditions.”


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