Cold snap brings frigid temps to many states
University of Nevada student Katrina Avila tastes first snow fall of the season while walking between classes on the UNR campus on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013, in Reno, Nev.
Before dawn and in -9 degree weather, Tom Tuning, right, greets men who wait for the opening of the St. Francis Center's day shelter, where Tuning is finance director, in downtown Denver, Thursday Dec. 5, 2013. A wintry storm pushing through the western half of the country has brought bitterly cold temperatures that prompted safety warnings for residents in the Rockies and threatened crops as far south as California.
Stephen LeFlore, 56, scrapes the ice from his windshield in McAlester, Okla., Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013.
A City of Virginia, Minn. snow thrower grinds through nearly a foot of fresh snow while clearing sidewalks Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013. The region remains under a winter storm warning through Wednesday night with nearly two feet of snow expected before its over.
Ground crews working for the State of Montana blow snow from the sidewalks around the Original Governor's Mansion Wednesday Dec. 4, 2013 in Helena, Montana. Helena and the rest of the state prepare for a long and cold weather pattern that will see the temperatures barely make it to the single digits and have highs in the negatives toward the end of the week. (AP Photo/)
A homeless woman tries to ward off the cold near the Fresno Rescue Mission on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, in Fresno, Calif. In California's Central Valley, temperatures dropped into the upper 20s overnight into Wednesday. A jet stream is much farther south than normal, promising to bring nearly a week of temperatures that could dip to 20-below or worse in the northern midsection of the country.
In this photo taken Tuesday morning, Dec. 3, 2013, Wyoming Highway Patrol Trooper Blain Mollett investigates a car the went off the road along on U.S. Highway 14-A west of Powell, Wyo. A wintry storm pushing through the Rockies and Midwest is bringing bitterly cold temperatures and treacherous driving conditions. (AP Photo/n)
Poudre Fire Authority fire fighters check for survivors in a van that had rolled into a ditch along Carpenter Road in south Fort Collins, Colo., Wednesday Dec. 4, 2013. No one was found.
From California to Ohio, a big chunk of the U.S. is getting a blast of wintry weather. Frigid temperatures are following a storm that's bringing snow and ice to many areas. The conditions are making travel difficult, raising concerns about citrus crops and prompting the cancellation of fights, holiday festivities and football games.