Texas faces heat and water crisis in wake of winter storm

By Melissa Mahtani and Adrienne Vogt, CNN

Updated 3:57 PM ET, Sat February 20, 2021
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8:47 a.m. ET, February 20, 2021

Texans will get some relief from the cold today

From CNN's Madeline Holcombe

An aerial view from a drone shows electrical lines running through a neighborhood on February 19, in Austin, Texas. 
An aerial view from a drone shows electrical lines running through a neighborhood on February 19, in Austin, Texas.  Joe Raedle/Getty Images

The brutal temperatures, ice and snow once had power out for millions of Texas, but as of early Saturday morning, only about 85,000 people in the state were left in the dark, according to PowerOutage.US. However, more than half the population – more than 14.9 million people – had disruptions in their water service as of Friday, according to Tiffany Young, a spokeswoman for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

Texans will get some relief from the cold Saturday, although many in the state are still without basic utilities.

Saturday morning temperatures may be as low as 20 degrees for many inland locations, including Dallas and College Station, but the welcome return of onshore winds and full sunshine will warm the state into the 50's and 60's in the afternoon, CNN meteorologist Derek Van Dam said. Most of the state will stay above freezing after that initial thaw.

A weak cold front is expected Sunday evening, but is expected to bring only minimal impacts.