Jan 5, 2010 8:45 AM by Associated Press
The eastern half of the U.S. is in a deep freeze, and forecasters say it could last the rest of the week.
Waves of Arctic air have prompted freeze warnings in central Alabama and Mississippi. And in the Florida Panhandle, farmers are scrambling to save their crops from temperatures that are dipping into the 20s.
In St. Louis, the mercury could fall below zero later this week for the first time since 1999.
In Nashville, Tennessee, police believe an 81-year-old man with Alzheimer's Disease wandered outside in his bathrobe and froze to death in 12-degree weather overnight. And icy roads have caused fatal car accidents in West Virginia and Washington, D.C.
Parts of New England are under record snowfall. More than 33 inches were dumped in Burlington, Vt., breaking a 1969 record.
The National Weather Service says eastern Kentucky, western Virginia and West Virginia could see up to 3 inches of snow by this afternoon, while western Pennsylvania could see up to 8 inches by nightfall.