MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Officials say the frigid temperatures forecast for the weekend are normal for late April. But it was the early spring that prompted the National Weather Service to issue freeze warnings for parts of the state.
Andy Nash of the National Weather Service office in Burlington says the warmth in mid-March and to a lesser extent earlier this month has spring several weeks ahead of schedule.
And the cold forecast for the weekend could kill apple blossoms and other budding plants.
Cornwall apple grower Barney Hodges says the trees on his farm are perhaps three weeks early.
He says the cold is sure to hurt his apples. Even those that survive the cold could be discolored. And the early spring means some could ripen too early before they turn red.
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