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Arctic chill brings freezing weather to U.S.

Monday, Jan 06, 2014 - 01:23

Jan. 6 - Arctic air grips the middle of the United States, bringing the coldest temperatures the country has had in two decades. Jillian Kitchener reports.

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Residents in the Midwest United States are dealing with a blast of Arctic air. And with it comes the coldest temperatures they've seen in two decades. Indiana governor Mike Pence reminded people not to be deceived by the sunshine: (SOUNDBITE) (English) INDIANA GOVERNOR MIKE PENCE SAYING: "Wind gusts are expected to be in excess of 40 miles (64 kph) per hour today. We have snowfall that's obvious to most Hoosiers, up to 14 inches (35 cm) in the north, 15 (38 cm) central, 8 (20 cm) inches in the south. But today we're dealing with extreme cold temperatures." Meteorologists said temperatures were life-threatening in some places. Sub-freezing temperatures were recorded in Chicago, St. Louis and Indianapolis. To fight the arctic chill, some residents in Texas went shopping for pipe installation: (SOUNDBITE) (English) UNIDENTIFIED HOUSTON RESIDENT SAYING: "I always insulate them when they say it's going to be a hard freeze, try to beat the repair bill." Others were thinking about their plants. (SOUNDBITE) (English) UNIDENTIFIED HOUSTON RESIDENT SAYING: "It's cold out and I'm taking care of covering up my plants." Businesses and schools were forced to close. And the severe weather caused widespread airline delays and hazardous driving conditions. (SOUNDBITE) (English) PAUL OZIAS, PHILADELPHIA RESIDENT, SAYING: "It's a sheet of ice. Cars are spinning out.." The National Weather Service says this Arctic airmass will slam the eastern two-thirds of the country through mid-week.

Arctic chill brings freezing weather to U.S.

Monday, Jan 06, 2014 - 01:23

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