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  • 10 December 2013, 16:14

Nevada Family Go Missing In 'Brutal' Cold

Rescue teams are racing against the clock to find a couple and four children who have been missing in the bitter Nevada cold for almost two days.

The rescue teams have worked into the night to locate James Glanton, 34, his girlfriend Christina McIntee, 25, and the four children: a 10-year-old, two four-year-olds and a three-year-old.

Two of them are the couple's children, while one is a niece and one is a nephew, according to the Pershing County sheriff's office.

"It's got to be brutal out there," said Mark Turney, a spokesman for the US Bureau of Land Management.

"Let's hope they are found quick."

Temperatures plunged to minus 16F (minus 26C) on Monday in Lovelock, a rugged area where officials say the group might be, about 100 miles northeast of Reno.

The temperature is expected to drop below zero again today.

Planes and ground teams have combed the area.

While inches of snow have blanketed the area, the black top on the silver 2005 Jeep should help make it easier to spot from the air, authorities said.

Clear skies expected today could also work in the pilots' favour.

The family have not been heard from since they went missing on Sunday, according to the sheriff's office.

They went to the Seven Troughs area at about noon, and it was unclear what supplies they might have been carrying.

The Seven Troughs area is named after a series of seven parallel canyons, and is a remote and rocky area.

A cold snap has been gripping much of the US, with temperatures dropping to as low as minus 42F (minus 41C) in Montana.

Ice and snow have covered the mid-Atlantic and Texas before pushing up the East Coast.

The storm has forced the cancellation of thousands of flights, led to fatal incidents on treacherous roads, and caused power outages.

Another round of snow is in the forecast for the mid-Atlantic region today.

Public schools were closed in a number of areas including Washington, Philadelphia and parts of Kentucky and Tennessee.

In Ohio, overnight snowfall in central and southwest parts of the state was making the morning commute slow and messy and delayed the opening of hundreds of schools.

The cold weather also led officials in Washington to postpone a National Transportation Safety Board hearing into the crash-landing of an Asiana jet at San Francisco International Airport in July.

The agency said it hopes to reschedule the hearing into the crash, which left three dead, for later in the week.

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