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2nd snowstorm in 5 days dumps as much as a foot of snow on Berks County

Most of Berks County got a few inches of snow Saturday morning that mostly melted as it landed on pavement, but a sliver along the Route 222 corridor in the north-northeastern portion of the county received well over a half-foot for the second time in five days.

According to snowfall amounts reported to the National Weather Service in Mt. Holly, N.J., Blandon received 8.5 inches while Lyons received 12 inches. Just over the Berks line in western Lehigh County, more than a foot was reported in Macungie.

The snowfall began at about 1 a.m. Saturday and in the area just below Interstate 78 in northeastern Berks and Lehigh counties, it was falling at a rate of a few inches per hour during the early morning hours, weather observers said.

The rest of the county received in the range of 3 to 5 inches. Figures reported to the weather service included 3 inches in Spring Township, 2 inches in Union Township, 5.7 inches in Bern Township and 8.4 inches in the village of Huffs Church in District Township.

A weather observer in Vinemont in Spring Townhip near the Lancaster County line reported 4.5 inches of snow.

Very light snow that added only trace amounts to the total continued for a couple of hours after daybreak

With the temperature hovering just below freezing at dawn, snow stuck to vehicle and metal surfaces and branches, creating a picturesque landscape, but the crystals didn’t last long on relatively warm paved surfaces.

Unlike the Tuesday morning snowstorm that passed through the region, little snow removal was required this time around.

Road crews had ample time to treat roads by the time most people were up and about and got help by rising temperatures.

Brilliant sunshine broke out shortly after 9 and pushed the temperature at Reading Regional Airport in Bern Township above the freezing mark, saving work for those who didn’t bother to push snow off their driveways and sidewalks.

Much of the snow should melt over the next several days. Plenty of sunshine and daytime temperatures in the 40s expected through the week, forecasters say.


Source: Berkshire mont

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