Sunday, January 13, 2013

California cold snap threatens citrus crop, strands motorists

An Arctic air mass sent temperatures plunging across California, forcing the 17-hour closure of a key interstate highway through the mountains north of Los Angeles and threatening citrus crops in the state's vast central valleys, authorities said on Friday.

Temperatures throughout the state fell by as much as 20 degrees Fahrenheit (11 degrees Celsius) below normal, allowing snow to accumulate at elevations as low as 1,500 feet, the National Weather Service reported.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/11/us-usa-weather-california-idUSBRE90A13C20130111