PennDOT preparing plow trucks for duty on roads in Berks

Some trucks used for last week's snow in Poconos

MUHLENBERG TWP., Pa. - With a nor'easter about to bear down on Berks County, PennDOT is taking advantage of Tuesday's dry weather to prepare its fleet of plow trucks for heavy duty.

Last week's storm left behind little, if any, snow in the Reading area, so PennDOT relocated some of its Berks-based trucks to Monroe County in the Poconos, which received more than a foot of snow in some areas.

That left the vehicles in need of some minor repairs ahead of the next storm, which could dump as much as a foot of wet snow on Berks County. The western part of the county is forecast to see as little as three inches.

"The heavier, wet snow gives us a little bit of a challenge because it's harder to push, a little more stress on the equipment," said Rick Stone, PennDOT's equipment manager for Berks County.

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The wet snow, combined with sustained winds of 20 miles per hour and gusts of up to 40 miles per hour, could pose another challenge for PennDOT crews and others.

"My concern would be heavyweight snow with winds and bringing trees and lines down, and that becomes a hindrance as far as getting around," Stone said. "We can't clear a road until the trees and wires are clear."

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for the entire county. That's set to be in effect from 7 p.m. Tuesday until 3 a.m. Thursday.

"If people don't need to be out, please stay home," Stone said.

Whatever comes our way, PennDOT told WFMZ's Jim Vasil that it's prepared with plenty of trucks and road salt to deal with the storm.

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