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Icy conditions reported in Jamestown

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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.

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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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