Expected storm triggers closings

LEWISTOWN – Many local schools and districts made the choice Tuesday night to close today in anticipation of a winter storm coming in from the Midwest, which was expected to blanket the Juniata Valley with snow.

A winter storm warning for Huntingdon County is in effect until 10 p.m. today.

The National Weather Service in State College said four to eight inches of accumulation is expected in that area.

For Mifflin, Juniata and Perry counties, the NWS is expecting three to six inches of snow. A winter weather advisory is in effect until 2 a.m. Thursday.

Temperatures are expected to be in the lower 30s with steady winds of 5 to 15 mph out of the northeast with gusts of up to 30 mph.

In Snyder County, one to three inches of snow is expected today, according to the NWS.

The storm was part of a system that started in Montana, hit the Dakotas and Minnesota on Monday and then barreled through Wisconsin and Illinois on its way to Washington, D.C., where it was expected late Tuesday night. As the storm pushed toward the Mid-Atlantic region, people there were gathering supplies and airlines were canceling flights.

Elsewhere, some were taking the snow in stride.

“It’s not that bad at all,” said 47-year-old Alicia Aldrete, who was out walking her dog in Madison, Wis. “Just make sure you shovel immediately, put lots of salt on the ground and also store lots of food in case of emergency.”