Cold weather blasts through the South

By The Associated Press

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — A Canadian high pressure system is pushing a blast of winter weather through the Southeast, leaving people shivering as far south as Florida.

Strawberry growers are trying to salvage delicate blooms, schools in at least eight North Carolina counties have closed because of snow, and cold weather shelters are open in Pascagoula, Miss.

Though temperatures are below normal for this time of year, the South does get frigid from time to time.

Christopher Hedge, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, says the coldest temperatures will likely be Monday and Tuesday nights before a midweek warm-up.

In Florida, people are so unaccustomed to the cold that state emergency officials had to warn them to dress warmly and bring their pets inside.

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