Halfway through the week that Texas froze over, everything seemed to be in a state of frigid chaos.

Some homes had no water at all while others watched it gush from burst pipes into their hallways and living rooms. In Galveston, where dozens had huddled on Monday and Tuesday in a county-run warming center, the newest pressing need was refrigerated trucks — to hold the bodies expected to be found in the days ahead. And on Wednesday more than 2.5 million people were still without power, while at least twice as many were being told to boil their water.

The onslaught of winter was far from finished. In central Texas, where many roads have already been impassable for days, another barrage of sleet and snow was expected late into Wednesday evening. The new storm was forecast to march toward the Mid-Atlantic, hitting parts of North Carolina and Virginia that are already laboring under the ice from the last storm.

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