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Frost advisory, winter weather threatens almonds

The sub-freezing temperatures this morning are bad news for the almond crops that are already starting to bloom.

Posted: Feb 18, 2019 4:37 AM
Updated: Feb 18, 2019 9:47 AM

CHICO, Calif.- The winter storm has some California farmers worried, especially with temperatures below freezing across the valley overnight.

Those little pink or white flowers poking through the buds on almond trees across the valley are not exactly good news.

It's not just Butte County, but all across the region growers have had to tackle wind, rain and hail.

Last year at this time the struggle was a warm winter that got the bees going early - temperature hit the 70s in mid-February, followed by a cold snap.

2019 has been cold and wet.

The Fresno County Farm Bureau says trees with blossoms could face major damage.

"Those very sensitive blossoms as well as those that haven't just quite opened yet but are still you know formed on the tree can completely get wiped out and knocked onto the ground," said Ryan Jacobsen of the Fresno County Farm Bureau.

There are a few things farmers can do though to protect the buds, like use groundwater to run sprinklers, that helps raise their temperatures, and even a few degrees helps.

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Temperatures will stay around or slightly above average, and the potential for mountain thunderstorms will linger on Sunday. Sunny skies, warm temperatures, and dry conditions are on the way for your first work week of August.
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