California weather cold but enough to do damage to crops

AP Photo/Gary KazanjianFarmers are scrambling to protect frozen oranges which are shown with misters running to avoid as much damage as possible during a cold snap that is affecting the San Joaquin Valley citrus crop Friday

AP Photo/Gary KazanjianFarmers are scrambling to protect frozen oranges which are shown with misters running to avoid as much damage as possible during a cold snap that is affecting the San Joaquin Valley citrus crop Friday

Farmers in California's Central Valley are giving thanks that so far this weekend they have dodged the brunt of a storm that brought wind, rain, snow and freezing temperatures to much of the country.

California Citrus Mutual says farmers were able to prevent crop-freezing Sunday by using wind machines when temperatures in the agricultural region dropped to the upper 20s. Lower temperatures had been forecast.

Overnight lows in Los Angeles were in the high 30s, with high temperatures reaching the 50s.

That's cold by Southern California standards, nearly 20 degrees below the seasonal average.

Still, skies were sunny across almost all of the state.

An overnight frost advisory is in effect for LA's surrounding valleys, where temperatures are expected to drop to the upper 20s Monday morning.

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