Frigid Weather Moves into U.S., Europe

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Colder weather has moved into the country from the Midwest to the South, where farmers are working to save their crops.

Overseas, the frigid temperatures and snow are so bad in the United Kingdom they may have to postpone annual Christmas celebrations.

Across the States

It's been a rough week for Americans from the Great Lakes down to Georgia and even Florida.

In Cleveland, Ohio, an early winter snow storm this week paralyzed the city.

A less amount of snow fell in Georgia. However, residents are not used to seeing the white stuff so early -- especially not in December when temperatures usually hover in the 50s and 60s.

This year, nightly temperatures in the Peach State have dropped into the 20s.

In Florida, farmers are counting their losses after their crops were hit with a heavy frost.

"It was supposed to be a nice winter, a warmer one than last year," Florida farmer Higinio Robles said. "Unfortunately we're seeing it earlier in the year which is no good for us."

Farmers are doing everything they can to protect their crops.

In Palm Beach County, three helicopters crashed in a matter of hours while flying over fields in an effort to keep frost from settling on plants. Some farmers said they can't afford another extreme winter.

"Last year we lost about 70 percent of our crops," John Alger, another Florida farmer, said.

In parts of Europe, the weather is more of the same -- if not worse.

Record-Breaking Temps

In England, it was the second coldest first week in December since the U.K. started keeping records in 1659.

The cold, combined with heavy snow, has snarled travel plans. Thirteen people have died as a result of the weather.

Forecasters warn the U.K. may have to postpone annual Christmas celebrations. Officials said the celebrations may have to wait until the week after Christmas, because safety comes first.

The sudden extreme change of weather has taken its toll on some wildlife too. Along the North Carolina coast, a sea turtle hospital has been tending to turtles who need help warming up.

"It's probably a case of just reluctance plus inexperience that causes them to not go when the water temperature drops as suddenly as this," said Karen Sota, a sea turtle hospital volunteer.

Even Cancun, Mexico -- which is hosting the world conference on global warming -- is also experiencing record cold temperatures. The temperature dipped to 54 degrees earlier this week, breaking a 100-year record.

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