“Due to the icing, many roads in Texas will continue to be very dangerous for the next 24 to 48 hours,” he said. «Be careful, especially with things like black ice.»

The weather service in Fort Worth warned that light to moderate freezing rain moving into central Texas counties early Wednesday would «freeze on contact when it lands and accumulate ice on ALL surfaces.»

«The already slippery roads will become even more slippery and very dangerous tonight and tomorrow!» he said in a cheep.

The severe weather has also contributed to thousands of flight cancellations and delays so far this week.

On Wednesday, at least 2,403 flights within, to and from the United States were canceled, according to the online flight tracker. reported flight. At least 1,338 of those flight cancellations were at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, while nearly 390 at Dallas Love Field and 345 at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.

Southwest Airlines and American Airlines, national carriers based in the region, accounted for the majority of cancellations, with Southwest canceling 675 flights on Wednesday and American Airlines listing 876 cancellations, according to FlightAware.

The National Basketball Association canceled a game between the Washington Wizards and Detroit Pistons for Wednesday night due to travel issues.

«Due to severe weather conditions in the Dallas area, the Pistons were unable to fly back to Detroit after their game Monday at American Airlines Center,» the NBA said.

Major power outages

In Texas, more than 366,000 homes and businesses lost service early Thursday morning, according to the outage tracking website. poweroutage.us.

«Ice and tree limbs are still breaking up as our line workers are working on restoration,» utility Austin Energy, which had more than 163,000 customers without power, tweeted on Wednesday.

utility company saying Power may be out in some areas through Friday and noted restoration efforts were hampered by ice buildup and freezing temperatures.

Almost half an inch of freezing rain was recorded in parts of the city, said the National Weather Servicewhich downed numerous trees and tree limbs.

Utility Oncor had about 125,800 customers. He said crews were working as quickly as possible to restore power.

Speaking at the news conference Tuesday, utility officials said the state’s electric grid and natural gas supply were ready and would remain reliable through the course of the severe weather event.

Public Utilities Commission Chairman Peter Lake told Texans to contact their local energy providers if winter weather and icy conditions cause local power outages.

severe weather to carry on

Abbott said people in the northern, western and central regions of the state should prepare for continued severe weather through Thursday.

He said parts of Texas could even experience flash flooding on Wednesday and Thursday.

More icy conditions were expected Wednesday from Texas across most of the Mid-South, the weather service said. Additional ice accumulations of up to half an inch were forecast for much of central and north Texas, as well as parts of southern Arkansas, she said.

«A quarter-inch of ice accumulation is possible over a larger area that includes southern Oklahoma, most of Arkansas and far west Tennessee,» he added, noting that this amount of ice accumulation in addition to what that has already fallen could lead to more «treacherous trips,» along with the possibility of tree damage and power outages.

Ice storm warnings, winter storm warnings and winter weather advisories are in effect for the hardest-hit areas and residents have been urged to check road conditions before traveling and drive with extreme caution, it said. .

Delivery services Grubhub and DoorDash confirmed to NBC News on Wednesday that services have been suspended in weather-affected areas.