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Cold snap hits CA-AZ desert region

desert ice romaine 11-17-22
In November, desert growing regions saw ice in lettuce fields. Photo courtesy Markon

January 17, 2023 — After two weeks of favorable weather, a cold trough sweeping through the Arizona/California desert region will bring cold winds with gusts up to 40 mph today.

Following this trough and another later in the week, morning lows will dip to as low as the upper 20°s-to upper 30°s and widespread lettuce ice is expected to develop Wednesday, January 18 through Saturday, January 21.

Lettuce and tender leaf items will be susceptible to wind damage and all desert row crops may exhibit elevated levels of dirt because of the high winds. Production and loading delays are very likely over the next several days due to the lettuce ice concerns.

Markon Cooperative BB #:123315 inspectors are monitoring conditions and will update further as needed.