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.
Reno Gazette-Journal, Andy Barron/AP Photo
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.
Brennan Linsley/AP Photo
Stephen LeFlore, 56, scrapes the ice from his windshield in McAlester, Okla., Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013.
McAlester News-Capital, Kevin Harvison/AP Photo
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.
Mesabi Daily News, Mark Sauer/AP Photo
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/)
The Independent Record, Eliza Wiley/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.
The Fresno Bee, John Walker/AP Photo
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)
The Powell Tribune, Ilene Olso/AP Photo
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.
V. Richard Haro, Fort Collins Coloradoan/AP Photo