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Snow in Florida

February 10th, 2010 by flanews

Snow is in the forecast for parts of the Florida panhandle later this week.

The freezing weather has farmers working double time to protect their crops. Last month a two week stint of cold weather cost farmers 600 million dollars. Floridas Commissioner of Agriculture Charles Bronson says the state is asking farmers to take extra precautions to save the crops they have left.

Sometimes they can put dirt over some of these plants and keep the cold from getting too them, take the dirt off later. Sometimes they have to put water on them. It just depends on how they decide to attack the cold weather and we are hoping we can get through this one, but its going to be off and on over the next week with a freezing night here and freezing night another night or two down the road. Snow wont hurt anything, but freezing cold and frost does, said Bronson.

The cold weather is also killing manatees at a record setting pass. In January 200 manatees died in Florida waterways. 429 deaths is the record number killed in Florida in a single year.

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