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On Monday, a severe Arctic cold front continued its grip on much of the United States, leading to power outages for tens of thousands of residents in northern states and Texas. The severe Arctic cold front gripping much of the United States could potentially impact voter turnout in Iowa, where the first Republican candidate ballots for November’s presidential race will be cast.

The extremely cold conditions are expected to persist throughout the day, with the Midwest experiencing the brunt of them. Additionally, the U.S. National Weather Service (NWS) reported that snow and freezing rain will extend across the southern and mid-Atlantic states.

Monday night in Iowa is projected to be dangerously cold, with temperatures dropping to -35 degrees Fahrenheit (-37 Celsius). This scary circumstance coincides with the caucuses, which are public assemblies where Iowa voters will pick a Republican presidential contender.

Due to the treacherous circumstances, Republican candidates decided to cancel campaign events on Sunday, citing the state’s blanket of snow. Regardless, they pushed their fans to brave the cold and vote.

Some people might not have gone to the polls on Monday because of the bad weather, but it’s unlikely that these problems will change the large lead that former President Donald Trump has in the polls over his major opponents, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley.

In places like Montana, South Dakota, and North Dakota, the prediction says that wind chills will drop to as low as -58 degrees Fahrenheit (-50 degrees Celsius).

Disruptions to Flights and Power

Thousands of domestic and international flights were either delayed or cancelled on Monday, according to flight-tracking website FlightAware.com. The airports in Denver and Chicago O’Hare were the most hit.

According to statistics from PowerOutage.US, over 100,000 customers in Oregon, along with tens of thousands in Texas, Pennsylvania, and Michigan, were still without power as of noon Monday. This is despite the fact that electricity had been restored in many regions devastated by the winter storm over the weekend.

Because of the continued frigid temperatures, exceptional demand, and abnormally low wind on Monday and Tuesday, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) asked consumers to conserve power between 6-10 a.m. U.S. natural gas production hit an 11-month low on Sunday as wells around the country froze due to the cold weather, even while demand for gas for heating and electricity generation surged.

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