Strawberry growers covered their crops while San Diego zookeepers turned on heaters for the chimpanzees as Californians braced for a cold snap expected to drop temperatures to a six-year low.
Nightly temperatures could drop below the freezing point in coastal areas, the low deserts and inland valleys, threatening orange and avocado orchards, strawberries, flowers and other sensitive plants in the state’s major agricultural areas.
he National Weather Service predicted overnight lows in the 20s in the lower deserts and key citrus-growing regions in the Central Valley, and in the 30s along the coast, threatening crops
Meanwhile, motorists were warned of snow in the mountains down to 2,000 feet. Snow briefly closed the Grapevine section of Interstate 5 north of Los Angeles twice on Thursday.
Snow fell Thursday in the mountains of San Bernardino and Riverside counties. Chains were required on all vehicles.
“If everyone had a decent jacket it would be no big deal,” joked J.P. Pierre, owner of Surfy Surfy Surf Shop in the beach town of Leucadia, “but everyone is walking around in flip flops.”
Question. With so many California food crops threatened, do you have your food supply? Or will you be one of the ones fighting for food?