Arctic Blast Freezes Roads, Crops on East Coast

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A frigid blast of arctic air has made the first week of 2012 a very, very cold one in some parts of the country. Temperatures in northern parts of New England have dipped to 20 below zero.

"It's unreal. Yesterday, I'm hiking on the mountain. Today, I'm here in the freezing blizzard," Suzanne Labarge, from Madison Heights, Mich., said.

Residents of the eastern United States were hoping for better road conditions Wednesday after snowy, slippery roads and highways snarled traffic and made it hard to get to work.

"We've seen plenty of accidents," one Iowa woman said. "There was a 30-car pileup and semis crashing into the walls. And it's been crazy, so we're just trying to take it slow and get there safe."

A 20-car crash in central Pennsylvania closed Interstate 80 for several hours. On Interstate 81 in northern Virginia, poor visibility and slippery roads caused cars to slide and ever flip over, bringing out the tow trucks in full force.

"There's ice under that snow and people are used to driving on snow. But when they try to stop, that ice is just taking over and making it really slick," tow truck operator Steve McGhee explained.

As much as two feet of snow fell on some parts of the Great Lakes region.

The frosty weather is wreaking havoc on drivers in the north and also on citrus crops in the south.

In Florida, farmers are trying to save the state's $9 billion citrus industry.

"We're definitely concerned," citrus grower John Arnold said. "And this is a big deal for the state of Florida."

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Dale Hurd

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