Frigid Weather Engulfs Bulk of U.S.

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WASHINGTON - From 27 below zero in Iowa to 40 below in Maine the brutal cold that hit the Midwest earlier this week is now heading east.

The cold and the snow are making it very difficult for people to travel.

Deep Freeze

Brutal, unforgiving icy weather is gripping much of the nation - threatening livestock and crops from Minnesota to Florida and slowing travel.

In Minnesota at 42 below, the diesel fuel in business owner Brian Nelson's rig started to freeze. Icy, frigid conditions have many motorists spinning their wheels.

And northern states are bracing for more snow.

"I'm going back to Florida," one winter weather victim proclaimed.

But it's not necessarily much better there.

Southern states are bracing for the coldest weather of the winter - in some regions wind chills will feel like zero.

The most brutal temperatures are expected Saturday morning with a frost as far south as central Florida.

"It's been many, many, many years since I've seen a winter this harsh," Nelson said.

Staying Safe in the Bitter Cold

Doctors say Americans need to remember that exposure to these extreme temperatures can threaten lives. Just 15 minutes can be too much.

"They are extremely dangerous," said Hennepin County Medical Center physician Doug Brunette. "You can lose your life to hypothermia and your limbs to severe frostbite." It's just one more good reason to avoid the cold weather that's hitting so much of the country.

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