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Freezing Temperatures Damaging Central Valley Citrus Crops

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FRESNO (CBS/AP) — As an unusual cold gripped the West Coast, some California citrus growers have damage to their crops after a fourth night of freezing temperatures.

Paul Story of Exeter-based California Citrus Mutual says some mandarin-growing areas in the western San Joaquin Valley may have significant damage. Mandarins are more susceptible to cold and are grown in areas that saw some of the lowest temperatures overnight.

Story says other citrus crops have little or minimal damage. Sunday temperatures dropped to 25 degrees in some areas and stayed low longer than previous nights.

Farmers deployed wind machines and irrigation to increase the temperature in the groves.

CBS 5 WeatherCenter: Current Temperatures and Forecast

In the Bay Area, a freeze warning issued for much of the Bay Area and frost advisory for San Francisco Monday morning has been cancelled, according to the National Weather Service.

The freeze warning issued for the Bay Area, and frost advisory for San Francisco, was scheduled to be in effect between the hours of 2 and 9 a.m., but was cancelled at about 3:50 a.m., according to the weather service.

Highs in the Bay Area Monday were expected to be in the upper 40s to mid 50s. Tuesday temperatures will not be as cold overnight and warmer by day. By Wednesday some Bay Area temperatures would move into the mid 60s with sunny, dry and warmer weather  expected to continue into the weekend.

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