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Pollen count skyrockets, but rain could bring relief

Staff Photo: John Bohn Donald Fry, of Lawrenceville, walks his dog Sky past blossoming deciduous trees in Ronald Reagan Park in Lawrenceville on Tuesday. High pollen counts continue to cover Gwinnett Cunty.

Staff Photo: John Bohn Donald Fry, of Lawrenceville, walks his dog Sky past blossoming deciduous trees in Ronald Reagan Park in Lawrenceville on Tuesday. High pollen counts continue to cover Gwinnett Cunty.

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Before pollen levels reach record highs, a spring rain is expected to bring allergy sufferers some relief Thursday.

In the morning, the yellow menace reached a level of 8,204, with pollen from elm, cedar, oak and birch trees clouding the sky and blocking many sinuses.

According to records kept by Atlanta Allergy and Ashma Clinic, the level nearly matches two March days in 2012 that reached the pinnacle of 9,367. Less than a week ago, on Friday, the level was at a low of 5, before the buds began to open.

With a threat of severe storms in the evening, though, officials say that much of the pollen could be washed away before the weekend.