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Rain and cold move in to Berks County

By Jennifer Joas, Reporter, JJoas@wfmz.com
Published On: Mar 12 2014 09:33:32 PM CDT
Updated On: Mar 12 2014 10:13:00 PM CDT

Rain is pummeling Berks County and the cold temperatures are not far behind.

Rain is pummeling Berks County and the cold temperatures are not far behind.

"I do not mind the rain so much. It is going to bring the rivers up. It is great for fisherman like myself. The cold I could really do without," said Jeremiah Weitzel of Shoemakersville.

Throughout the county, the cold snowy winter has been wearing on people.

"It has been a rough winter. It really has. I am an outside person and I cannot even get on the trails because they have been icy. It has been pretty tough. The gym only takes you so far," said Robert Culp of Leesport.

And after two beautiful days in the 50s and 60s, people say they have only gotten a tease of what could be.

"I enjoyed being on my bicycle the other day but it looks as though I am going to have to put that on hold for another week or so," said Culp.

But public works crews cannot wait. They are getting prepared just in case the rain turns treacherous.

"If it is mostly ice, we will have to do some salting. If it is a mixture, we may have to plow and salt. Sleet, if that builds up enough we will have to plow that also," said Reading Public Works Director Ralph Johnson.

PennDOT will also be sending crews out starting at midnight looking for slick spots. They could not pre-treat the roads because of the rain.

In addition to the rain and cold temperatures, there could be high wind gusts up to 50 miles per hour. So Met-Ed says they will have line and forestry crews working in case of any downed power lines.