Berks County has been bracing for a nasty winter storm.
The weather forced several schools to close early Friday, and many people were stocking up on last minute supplies.
Sarah Kelley picked up some storm essentials at Lowe's in Tilden Twp., Berks Co. A snowy forecast did not put her in a bad mood. That is the type of weather her family has been patiently waiting for all winter.
"We're gearing up getting ready, getting the shovels and sleds, the kids are ready," said Kelley.
Snow blowers were front and center outside Lowe's, and the aisles were lined with salt, shovels and scrapers inside.
Florence Stricker picked up a bag of salt to coat her driveway in Virginville.
"We live out in the country, so it gets pretty slippery out there," said Stricker.
The store was fully stocked, staffed and ready for any last-minute shoppers.
"We had some practice over the last couple years with the storm in October and with Sandy, so we are pretty well set for whatever we run into at this point," said Dave Bevan, who works in the outdoor power equipment department at Lowe's.
Students in the Schuylkill Haven Area School District in Schuylkill County practically ran home Friday with excitement.
"It's just good to be out early," said Austin Kummerer, an 8th grader.
Mother nature forced an early dismissal. The elementary center and high school were let out at 11 a.m.
"I like it, getting out of school early is good any day," said Remy Reager, a 9th grader at the high school.
Friday afternoon, people were watching and waiting, looking forward to get outside and have some fun.
"It's exciting, it's exciting. I'm just more excited for the kids for them to finally get out," said Kelley.
Many road crews in the area were on standby Friday afternoon. Trucks were loaded and ready to go.
Cabela's in Tilden Township was fully stocked with emergency supplies, including generators, flashlights and batteries. They have focused their attention on their two stores further north in Connecticut and Maine, where blizzard-like conditions are expected. They do have a plan in place for their Berks County store, if needed, said store officials.