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In this Oct. 7 file photo, a dead cow lies in the snow along Highway 34 east of Sturgis, S.D., another casualty of the early October blizzard. Cattle ranchers in the Dakotas who were hard-hit by the early blizzard are better-prepared for the latest winter storm in the northern Great Plains. (AP photo)

The cold comes in: Ranchers are prepared in South Dakota

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HELENA, Mont. — An icy blast of arctic air sent temperatures plunging as much as 40 degrees below normal Tuesday across the western half of the nation soon after a storm snarled roadways in the Rockies and threatened citrus crops in California.


The cold snap was expected to spread as far south as Texas by the weekend before turning east, AccuWeather meteorologist Tom Kines said.

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