Extreme Weather Evidence of Coming Ice Age?

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Residents of the Upper Midwest were digging out Monday after a powerful snowstorm blanketed the region over the weekend. But the extremely cold weather isn't making the clean up any easier.

After a brutal weekend freeze, temperatures in the Midwest were expected to dip 10 to 30 degrees below average with some areas only reaching single digit highs by midweek.

The storm closed major highways, grounded more than 1,600 flights at Chicago's two airports, and caused a last-minute change of plans for NFL fans.

"Well everybody, I'm sure you know that we had a good old fashioned Minnesota blizzard," said Steve Maki, the Metrodome facilities director.

CBN News Senior Reporter Dale Hurd has more on the extreme weather conditions Americans are facing. He's reported that the planet could possibly face a new ice age or cooling period. Click play for his comments following John Jessup's report.

A Fox Sports camera at Minneapolis' Metrodome in Minnesota caught the inflatable roof caving in under 17 feet of snow. No one was hurt, but the game had to be moved to Detroit, Mich.

The system -- starting as rain and then snow -- moved out to the East, but the cold is also affecting parts of the South.

In central Florida, nighttime weather was expected to dip below freezing, area shelters were expecting to be at capacity.

Drought Down South

While snow was burying the Midwest, many states in the South have been facing a very different weather emergency -- a lingering drought.

At least 16 southern states have been declared disasters by the Department of Agriculture, because of unusually dry weather, leaving harvests of crops like oranges, grapefruit, and tangerines smaller than usual.

Southern farmers are bracing for the possibility of freezing temperatures which could destroy their crops all together.

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John Jessup

John Jessup

CBN News Anchor

John Jessup serves as the main news anchor for CBN, a position he assumed after 10 years reporting for the network in Washington, D.C. His work in broadcast news has earned him several awards in reporting, producing, and coordinating elections coverage. Follow John on Twitter @JohnCBNNews and "like" him at Facebook.com/John.V.Jessup.