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Winter looks to make a second appearance

Winter looks to make a second appearance

People in the Lehigh Valley had their umbrellas up and wipers on as Mother Nature greeted us with dark skies and rain Wednesday afternoon.

But almost as quickly as it left, winter looks to be making a second appearance.

Melting snow coupled with falling temperatures and rain are expected to turn wet roads into icy ones Thursday morning.

"Ice is going to be a concern on any road in the region," said Ron Young, PennDOT Spokesperson.

Young said PennDOT won't be pre-treating roads.

"We are not going to put down anything in advance because that would get washed away," Young said.

Young said crews will lay down salt once roads start to freeze up.

While PennDOT is keeping a close eye on temperatures and precipitation, PPL is watching wind speeds.

"In storms like this, especially with high winds, trees are the number one cause of outages," said Melinda Stumpf, PPL Regional Affairs Coordinator.

PPL crews groomed trees all season long to prevent limbs from falling on power lines and the company has seen impressive results.

"Tree-related outages were down 43 percent from last year, as compared to the past three years," Stumpf said.

PPL also has crews on standby.

PPL encourages customers to visit its website to sign up for outage alerts.

If your power goes out, you're asked to report it through the PPL website or by calling 1-800-Dial-PPL.

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