Roads close, crops threatened as arctic blast causes temperatures to plummet in West, Midwest

  • by: MATT VOLZ , Associated Press
  • Updated: December 3, 2013 - 4:00 PM

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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