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Nogales wakes up to snow, cold temps could slow lettuce

While Florida continues to experience optimal growing conditions, Nogales woke up to snow on the ground, and near-freezing temperatures are set to hit lettuce- and wet veg-growing areas in California and Arizona. weather melon

Near-freezing temperatures are coming to the U.S. lettuce-growing regions tonight and tomorrow night.

The main lettuce and wet veg growing regions of Yuma, AZ, and the Coachella and Imperial valleys of California will see freezing or near-freezing temps tonight and tomorrow. The Coachella Valley will see a minimum temp tonight of 31 and 32 tomorrow night. The Imperial Valley will have a minimum temp tonight of 33 and 31 tomorrow night. Yuma will be a few degrees warmer with a minimum temperature of 36 tonight and 37 tomorrow night.

These temperatures are not cold enough to cause frost damage to the crops but might slow down the production numbers.

Cold temperatures will continue for two more nights.

The main growing regions of Culiacan, Los Mochis and La Cruz in the state of Sinaloa will see cold minimum temperatures tonight and tomorrow night. Culiacan will have a minimum temp tonight of 43 and 48 tomorrow night. Los Mochis will be 46 and 48 tomorrow night. Starting Friday the minimum temperatures will finally get back into the 50s and be in the high 50s by Sunday. This Sunday, Jan. 6, there is a 40 percent chance of rain of up to 0.25 inches as of right now in the state of Sinaloa.

Nogales woke up to snow on the ground this morning.

The same cold front that is gripping Yuma and western Mexico dusted Nogales with three inches of snow last night. Today will be sunny with the high temperature reaching 40. There could be some delays for trucks getting in and out of Nogales today.

Change is coming to Florida this weekend.

Florida continues to experience optimal growing conditions with maximum temperatures in the mid- to upper 80s and minimum temperatures in the mid- to upper 60s. This will change Saturday, Jan. 5 as a cold front will come through Florida and will bring with it a chance of rain and cooler temps. Temperatures across the board will drop by about 10 degrees with maximum temps in the 70s and minimum temps in the 50s. These cooler, but normal, temps will continue all next week.

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(David Robidoux is a co-founder Weathermelon)