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Vehicles and people traverse through snow and ice in Nashville, Tennessee, on Monday. Photo: Brett Carlsen/Getty Images

Over 150 million Americans are under winter storm warnings, as a subfreezing cold snap sweeps across the U.S., bringing with it heavy snow and dangerous, icy conditions.

The big picture: Hundreds of flights have been canceled and millions were without power across the U.S. Monday. Controlled outages were scheduled to take place in 14 central states to prevent uncontrolled cuts amid record freezing conditions. At least two people have died in Texas during the storm.

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People push a car out of the snow in Austin, Texas. Photo: Montinique Monroe/Getty Images
A man sleds down a snow-covered hill in Houston, Texas. Photo: Mark Felix/AFP /AFP via Getty Images
The scene at a restaurant on New York City's Upper West Side. Another wintry storm is forecast to hit the East Coast by the week's end. Photo: Noam Galai/Getty Images
The scene in a Seattle, Washington, street Feb. 13. Photo: David Ryder/Getty Images
Snow-clearing in Springfield, Pennsylvania. Photo: Pete Bannan/MediaNews Group/Daily Times Images
City workers use snow shovels to clear ice off of the sidewalk in Louisville, Kentucky. Photo: Jon Cherry/Getty Images
Icicles form outside the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. Photo: Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

Editor's note: This article has been updated with more images and further details on the fallout from the storm system.

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2 dead and millions without power in Texas as winter storm sweeps U.S.

Workers clear snow from a parking lot in Midland, Texas, U.S, on Monday. Photo: Matthew Busch/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The Texas city of Abilene has had all of its water services shut off, as a deadly winter storm continues to pummel the state.

The latest: Over 4 million people across Texas were without power early Tuesday, as most of the state faced single-digit temperatures and sub-zero wind chill, according to the national utility tracker poweroutage.us.

Updated Feb 17, 2021 - Energy & Environment

Record-setting cold snap turns deadly

Transmission towers support power lines above the frozen over Clear Fork of the Trinity River after a snow storm on February 16, 2021 in Fort Worth, Texas. Photo: Ron Jenkins/Getty Images

More than 5 million people remained without power on Tuesday as a series of deadly winter storms brought snow to Houston and historically low temperatures across the plains states.

The latest: At least 20 people are reported dead, per AP, and snow, sleet and freezing rain pounded the Northeast, leaving icy damage in its wake. Temperatures throughout the middle portion of the U.S. fell to century-lows.

14 states warned of possible power cuts amid extreme weather

Southwest Power Pool, which manages the electric grid and wholesale power market for 14 central states, said Monday that it directed its members to begin controlled power outages.

The state of play: SPP will implement "controlled interruptions of service" to prevent uncontrolled power cuts as states across the region face an aggressive winter storm.