Cold Snap Doesn't Appear To Damage NC Peaches

Peach farmers in western North Carolina and South Carolina are experiencing a cold snap, but at least one grower said his crop hasn't been affected.

Frost was reported around the region Tuesday morning. The National Weather Service said temperatures should rise this week but a cold front is expected to move into the region late Saturday.

A cold snap last April nearly wiped out the peach crop. In South Carolina, production was cut from 60,000 tons to about 8,000 tons.

On Tuesday, Hendersonville farmer Wade Edney of Piney Mountain Orchard said his peach blooms were still tightly closed. Edney said his strawberry and apple crops also were unaffected.

Forecasters said the overnight low in Hendersonville was 25 degrees and 24 degrees in Asheville.

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