September 17, 2014
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - Citrus farmers in California's Central Valley are bracing for a cold snap that could see temperatures drop below freezing.
The National Weather Service in Hanford has issued a freeze watch for the central and southern San Joaquin Valley starting late Wednesday and continuing through Saturday.
Meteorologist Jim Andersen tells the Fresno Bee temperatures are expected to fall into the high 20s and low 30s.
Anderson says the normal high temperature in Fresno this time of year is 59 degrees. Over the Thanksgiving weekend, the high was 69 on Saturday.
Citrus growers are monitoring the weather to determine whether they should begin defensive procedures against the cold. But Bob Blakely of the California Citrus Mutual says it's still too early to tell yet what should be done.