Juniata County shuts down due to snow

MIFFLINTOWN – The latest, in what seems like a weekly event, snow storm dumped about 11 inches of snow on Juniata County throughout the day on Thursday.

Schools were closed and most government offices were closed, including the Juniata County Courthouse. Few people felt the need to venture out onto the roads, and according to the emergency dispatchers in Juniata County, only two accidents were reported. Dispatchers also said there were only three tractor-trailer jackknife incidents in the area.

PennDOT crews were out all day plowing and treating the roads to allow for an easier commute today. Residents of both Mifflin and Mifflintown, took opportunities during breaks in the storm to shovel their driveways and clean off their cars. Several said they were doing this to keep the snow from being too much to handle when it finally stopped. While some kids were taking the time to help their parents shovel and clean, some were playing in the snow.

The Juniata Valley has not seen snowfall like this for several years, and the Accuweather service compared this snow to the 1994 winter storm. Power companies were on standby all day, ready to respond should the snowfall cause power outages, however none were reported as of 8 p.m..

Current weather predictions for the next week show a little bit of a break in the winter weather, but temperatures will continue to be in the 30s.