NYC braces for 10-inch snow dump as winter storm batters US with Texas under boil water warning & millions without power

NEW YORK City could see up to ten inches of snow today as a winter storm batters the US.

Millions have been left without power across the country with Texans advised to boil their water for safety.

The snowfall is set to begin at sunrise on Thursday morning with the heaviest precipitation beginning at midday.

Parts of New York are still recovering from the two feet of snowfall that fell earlier this month.

Winter Storm Viola is forecast to bring snow, fleet, and freezing rain across the eastern region into Friday.

More than 100million people stretching from Massachusetts to Texas are under weather warnings issued by the National Weather Service.

Another major storm is also forecast for the mid-Atlantic and Northeast region on Friday, spoiling any potential recovery efforts.

It comes as hundreds of thousands of Texans are still left without power for a fourth day in a row.

This morning 537,000 people in Texas had no power, according to PowerOutages.US, a sharp decline from the five million that were without power earlier in the week.

Operators have attempted to restore power to the state but are struggling due to the grueling weather conditions.

Some seven million people are also under notices to boil their water after the freezing weather compromised the water filtration systems.

264,000 areas in Texas are left with completely non-operational water systems.

The majority of outages in Texas have been caused by forced shutdowns by the state's energy agency the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT).

Officials have said that the equipment at the plants could not handle the Arctic temperatures so staff had to stop providing power in a bid to stop the total collapse of the grid.

ERCOT, a non-profit business, manages the state's independent power grid.

Bill Magness, the CEO of ERCOT, said on Tuesday that he had "no idea" when the power would be restored.

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo said: "Things will likely get worse before they get better."

Without heat or power, Texans have turned to burning their own furniture to stay warm.

The cold weather is expected to move east today bringing half an inch of snow to parts of Virginia and North Carolina, a CNN meteorologist said.

Meanwhile, at least 37 people have died due to the harsh conditions of the winter storm.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warned doctors onWednesday to be aware of the increased hazard of carbon monoxide poisonings and deaths sweep the country.

From Saturday to Monday of this week, four adults in Oregon died of carbon monoxide poisoning while trying to keep warn, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office said.

16 people died in Texas due to the weather while others in Tennessee, Arkansas, Ohio, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Kentucky, and Louisiana lost their lives due to the severe weather conditions.

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