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Cold Temperatures Persist

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, January 14, 2013

People across Northern California are waking up to another morning of cold temperatures, with forecasters predicting at least one more day of chilly weather.

Jason Clapp is a forecaster with the National Weather Service in Sacramento:

"We have a hard freeze warning this morning from the central Sacramento County down through the Northern San Joaquin Valley. You should protect your plants, bring your pets inside, maybe take care of any water issues if you have any pipes."

Meanwhile, Joel Nelsen with the California Citrus Mutual says Central Valley citrus farmers have been working with wind machines to try and keep their fruit from freezing.

"What will happen is the fruit doesn't show any damage on the outside but internally it crystallizes and becomes very dry."

It looks like growers probably avoided significant damage. Nelsen says temperatures were cold enough to cause trouble, but didn't stay that way long enough to cause measurable damage to oranges or lemons.

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