Freezing temperatures in the Valley didn’t keep families from checking out Christmas lights and growers from checking on their crops.
Officials say as temps hit closer to 28 degrees for six to eight hours at a time. That’s when farmers could see potential freeze damage.
With growing holiday cheer, comes colder temperatures for families walking through Cindy Lane. Many layer up with blankets and say chilly weather won’t stop tradition.
“But we knew we could do it. We got out, bundled up and here we are with family, enjoying our time and keeping warm,” said Heather Fox.
But some families prefer to drive past the decorations.
“It was hotter than heck. Now it’s colder than heck,” said one driver.
Not too cold for families camped out for the Parlier Christmas Parade, wearing beanies, blankets and jackets to stay warm.
“It’s cold. Grab your champurrado and churro,” said one woman enjoying the parade.
Hot churros aren’t threatened by dropping temps but citrus is a different story. Mandarins have a real thin peel and Ryan Jacobsen of the Fresno County Farm Bureau says growers will be using groundwater and turbines to make the air two to four degrees warmer so crops won’t sustain freeze damage. But Jacobsen says it’s fortunate that the frost is coming a month into the citrus season.
“Number one, it puts the trees and the vines to sleep for the winter time and it helps build them up for next year and secondarily the cold weather actually does help the citrus industry when it comes to bringing in color and the sugar,” said Jacobsen.
Sugar for these children involves hot cocoa and candy as they brave the cold and enjoy the Christmas lights.
“They’re all bundled up and they’re sugared up and they’re having a great time,” said Randy Carroll.