California rain expected to lower produce prices

Rainfall started arriving early Tuesday morning in California

AGAWAM, Mass. (WWLP) – Heavy rain arriving in drought-covered California might have an impact on the prices you pay for produce. One storm won’t get rid of the drought there, but it’s a good sign as the rainy season is just getting started.

Rainfall started arriving early Tuesday morning in California, and now downpours are stretching across the entire state. 80 percent of California is either in extreme or exceptional drought, including major farming zones.

At Geissler’s Supermarket in Agawam, they rely more on West Coast produce in the cold months, and the drought has caused a price increase in produce like lettuce and asparagus.

Store Manager Tom Scavatto told 22News, “I think it’ll take a while to catch up, but if they can get more rain, it’s just more things they can grow and they can ship it out to us, and hopefully at cheaper prices.”

This latest storm is expected to bring widespread rain between one and three inches, with some areas seeing more than five. Also, the mountains over 7000 feet in elevation could see up to three feet of snow, which helps to fill the reservoirs when the snow melts in the spring.

The only negative with all this rain is the risk of mud slides and flooding, especially in areas near recent brush fires.

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