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Freeze warning reaches edge of county

Apple, peach, grape and berry growers will be watching the thermometer tonight. Forecasters predicted lows in the mid 30s in Henderson County but a freeze warning issued by the National Weather Service extended to the county's western and northern boundary.

The weather service predicted a low of 35 in Henderson County. A Canadian air mass moving across the South prompted freeze warnings for some areas, and the weather service said many elevations over 3,000 feet could see freezing temperatures.
The freeze warning for Buncombe and Transylvania counties expires at 9 a.m. Monday, and the unseasonably cold lows were not expected to pose a threat beyond Sunday night. Monday should be sunny with a high of 64. Tuesday and Wednesday will remain sunny, with highs in the upper 70s.

In 2007 and again last year, mid-spring freezes decimated the county's $24 million apple crop.