Cold snap hits much of the country

10:21 PM, Dec 4, 2013   |    comments
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DENVER - A deep freeze gripping parts of the West and Midwest has cancelled Salvation Army bell ringing and holiday parties in Minnesota and forced much of the rest of the country to deal with unexpectedly cool temperatures.

The cold is expected to remain into next week, with lows dipping to minus 30 in parts of Montana and Wyoming.

Citrus growers in California's Central Valley said Wednesday that temperatures haven't dipped low enough to cause any damage. But they continue to take precautions.

The jet stream is much farther south than normal, allowing cold air from the Arctic to reach deeper into the country.

A new storm is expected to develop in New Mexico and west Texas on Thursday and move into Oklahoma and Missouri on Friday. Ice could develop and cause power outages.

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