Snow and bitter cold in eastern U.S.

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Associated Press

Posted on January 5, 2010 at 10:34 AM

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Winter has a grip on the eastern half of the U.S., and forecasters say the bitter cold could last the rest of the week.

Snow will continue to fall on parts of northeast Ohio that already have two feet or more on the ground. Areas of West Virginia could get up to eight inches of snow by tomorrow morning.

Western and central Kentucky got a dusting of snow overnight. Three to five inches are expected.

In Maine, searchers continue to look for an 18-year-old snowmobiler who disappeared shortly after the storm started Friday night. And a search is on for a seven-year-old boy who fell through ice into a river in southern Wisconsin.

Hard freeze warnings have been issued for the South, where farmers are scrambling to save their crops.

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<<CUT …046 (01/05/10)>> 00:15 "East Coast again"

Bob Oravec (OHR-ah-vehk)

National Weather Service forecaster Bob Oravec says the nation is receiving a new jolt of cold air.

<<CUT …058 (01/05/10)>> 00:11 "or some damage"

Hugh Gordon, citrus grower

Citrus grower Hugh Gordon was asked how much damage to his trees and crop he anticipates from the hard freeze.

<<CUT …154 (01/05/10)>> 00:03 "warm down here ((laughs))"

Alan Cox

Gas station worker Alan Cox - in Columbia, S.C. - says the 18 degrees this morning was not a problem for him.

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