California weather cold but enough to do damage to crops 

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  • Farmers 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, Dec. 6, 2013 in Orange Cove, Calif. Growers across California have toiled this week to protect the state's prized $2 billion a year citrus industry and other key crops such as lettuce and avocados from the cold snap that engulfed the state, dropping temperatures to levels that can damage fruit and delay the harvest of greens.

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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