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Winners and losers of the ongoing cold snap

Avocado toast.
Avocado toast.
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It was only last week that we were talking about how spring had sprung early this year. But now, we're in the midst of a cold snap. Temperatures this week have dipped as low as 38 degrees. That's frigid by Los Angeles standards.

It doesn't seem like it's going to let up, either. So what effect are these dramatic temperature swings having all around the Golden State? We looked into this month's cold snap winners and losers.

Loser: Avocado toast

John Krist is the chief executive officer for the Farm Bureau of Ventura County. He explained that local agriculture is vulnerable to these lower temperatures, particularly because just last week, the warm spell caused an early bloom.

"If you have an orchard in an area where the warm temperatures, the crazy temperatures the past few weeks pushed the trees to bloom and then you got hit with freezing temperatures the last couple of nights, you're going to lose those blossoms and that's going to decrease your fruit production for the fall."

Those fall fruits were part of next year's fruits. So if they're affected, it means avocado toast may be getting more expensive. However, Krist said, there's no reason to get upset just yet.

"We're talking about a relatively small percentage of the acreage that's affected," Krist said, "so I think we'll be able to provide affordable avocados next year despite the cold temperatures of this week."

We're not out of the woods yet, though. Cold temps are forecast well into next week.

Winner: Winter recreation

But where there are losers to this week's cold spell, there are also winners. Big Bear and winter sports are among them.

As Darien Schaefer, CEO of the Big Bear Visitors Bureau, explained, last month's temperature slump got the skiing season off to a slow start:

"This year our activity has been a little lower than last year because last year was one of those special years where we got three feet of snow back in November and it carried us through the entire season and Mother Nature has been a little stingier.

At times we were down anywhere from 15% to 20% from last year. This forecast for the next 10 or 15 days should really bring our numbers right back up."

But similar to the farming industry, the effects of the cold snap will be felt well into the future. Unlike farmers, that's a good thing.

"When we get more snow, obviously that's great for the ski areas or the tubing hill or just snow play in general. When all that snow then melts and comes down into our lake, Big Bear Lake is a great recreational aspect of our community through the summer months.

So, snow for us has a double impact not just for the ski areas but for the lake itself."

But it's not summer yet, so until then, keep your boots and warm coats close.