SAN FRANCISCO (CBS/AP) — California citrus growers braced for subfreezing temperatures that threatened to damage crops in the state’s Central Valley citrus belt.
A freeze warning that began on Wednesday remained in effect through Friday morning, with the National Weather Service predicting that temperatures could fall as low as 25 degrees in rural areas.READ MORE: Possible Explosive Device Outside Oakland Courthouse Forces Evacuations, Street Closures
California Citrus Mutual president Joel Nielsen said citrus trees escaped serious damage Thursday when subfreezing temperatures failed to fall far enough to damage fruits.READ MORE: UPDATE: State Attorney General Opens Civil Rights Investigation into Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office
Citrus damage can occur when temperatures fall to 28 degrees for four hours or longer.
The current cold snap sent temperatures plunging to near-record lows across much of the state.MORE NEWS: 2022 KPIX Jefferson Awards Virtual Ceremony, Honoring 2021 Winners
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