Cold Freezes Nation

By: Elizabeth Donatelli Email
By: Elizabeth Donatelli Email

January 18, 2006

Snow plows are the last thing you think of in southern California, but with a blanket of snow on the ground, traffic literally came to a halt. About 35 miles northwest of downtown L-A residents grabbed their video cameras to capture this rare and unusual sight.

"Look around. There are big flakes of snow coming down. We went to the front and couldn't believe what was coming down. It was coming down so thick and heavy," said one Californian.

In Texas the snow keeps coming and the ice isn't melting, which has caused a slew of accidents.

"Take it slow and easy. That's the only way to do it," said a driver.

In fact there have already been 65 storm-related deaths. Businesses are shutting down and people are trapped in the dark. Some are stranded at airports where hundreds of flights have been canceled.

On the other side of the country in the northeast, people are feeling the coldest temperatures yet.

"It just jumped from shorts and t-shirt last week to bundled up long-johns," said a cold walker.

Maine was seeing single digit temperatures.

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