Bitter cold in Northeast, Florida fruit hit

NEW YORK (BestGrowthStock) – Bitter cold remained in the Northeast on Wednesday, with snow showers cutting a swath across its northern section.

Warmer air was bumping into an arctic air mass over the Southeast, producing a wintry mix of precipitation.

Citrus growers in central Florida reported ice damage to their orange fruit and groves after overnight temperatures dropped to bone-chilling levels in some areas of the citrus belt.

“There was definitely some damage,” said Ray Royce, executive director of the Highlands County Citrus Growers Association in central Florida.

“It’s too early to tell whether or not we’ll have significant fruit drop but certainly we’re going to have juice loss within some fruit in some areas,” he added.

Western areas of the Southern Plains remain dry, adding further stress to the winter wheat crop there, though some eastern parts will get light showers Wednesday.

Temperatures remained cold in soft red winter wheat growing areas of the Midwest, but soil moisture is plentiful for the dormant crop.

(Additional reporting by Tom Brown in Miami; Editing by John Picinich and Jerry Norton)

Bitter cold in Northeast, Florida fruit hit