KEY POINTS

  • Over 2 million households were left without power during the Texas snowstorm
  • The President of a local NGO urged residents to check on their neighbors
  • Grid operators asked residents to be patient as they worked to restore the services

A Texas man froze to death Wednesday at his home amid the brutally cold weather conditions resulting from a deadly snowstorm, battering the southeastern part of the U.S. this week.

The National Weather Service (NWS) had warned of heavy snow, ice, and sleet in Texas' major parts at the onset of the snowstorm. Texas residents saw the temperature plummet to single-digits as over 2 million households were left without power as of Thursday.

The unidentified man reportedly died while sitting on his recliner in his Abilene home as his wife clung to life beside him after the couple spent several days without power.

Josh Casey, the president of Abilene Fresh, the NGO which donates foods to local nonprofits, broke the news of the Texas man's death on Facebook, ABC-affiliated KTXS-TV reported. Casey said the man’s wife, who was also unidentified, was at a hospital and not out of danger as of Thursday. Casey urged Texans to check on their neighbors in case they need help.

"Please go check on your neighbors. A man froze to death in his recliner yesterday. His wife was beside him, nearly dead. She is in the hospital, still in peril. They had no power. You guys read that? A man FROZE TO DEATH under our collective noses. In Abilene! I don't even know what to do with this information. Except to check on my immediate neighbors. If we all do it maybe we stop this from happening. I don't know any solution for anything really right now. Except people freezing to death near me is not ok. Not ok. Not ok........" Casey wrote in the post.

Texas runs a stand-alone electricity grid that functions independently and can’t connect to the other power grids during outrages caused by critical weather conditions. Electric utilities and the power grid scrambled to restore the service amid widespread power cuts. Grid operators asked residents to be patient as they worked to restore the services.

Meanwhile, Twitter users shared photos of liquid substances freezing randomly as residents awaited the return of electricity.

The far-reaching winter spell is likely to travel past the Texas-Mexico border and all the way up to northern New England in the coming days, according to CNN Meteorologist Jennifer Gray. Cities that have already experienced 4-6 inches of snowfall are expected to witness freezing rains and more snow.

A worker distributes salt in preparation for a snow storm at Wall Street in New York A worker distributes salt in preparation for a snow storm at Wall Street in New York Photo: AFP / Angela Weiss