Mother Nature causes higher prices at the grocery store

By WEEK Producer

April 16, 2014 Updated Apr 16, 2014 at 11:10 PM CDT

Mother Nature is once again making headlines. First it was the brutally cold winter, with nearly 60 inches of snow falling in Peoria since November. That's an all time record.

Flash forward to Spring and Mother Nature is still playing tricks.

In the last five days, we have seen just about everything, from near 80 degree temperatures to snow and below freezing temperatures.

If it stays that way, some serious damage could be done to our bank accounts.

We have known for weeks now that our late Spring could have a major impact on prices at the grocery store.

Now it's starting to show.

According to the Consumer Price Index, food prices increased again in March.

Meat, poultry, fish and eggs posted the largest increase, rising 1.2 percent. Dairy rose 1 percent.

Overall, it is the largest 12-month increase since 2012.