San Joaquin Valley freeze forecast for early Wednesday

The Fresno BeeFebruary 4, 2014 

Ag Inspector Mary Megrenne, inspects an orange for freeze damage at the Fresno County Department of Agriculture Dec. 9, 2013.

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Cold temperatures expected to roll in early Wednesday have prompted the National Weather Weather Service to issue a freeze warning for the central and southern San Joaquin Valley.

The warning will be in effect from 3 to 8 a.m. Wednesday. Low temperatures could reach 32 to 28 degrees, the weather service said. Low temperatures are a concern to Valley growers because below-freezing conditions can damage or destroy crops.

Officials in the region's citrus industry said Monday that an early December freeze will cost growers $434 million in revenue.

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