Digging out

Effects from Tuesday’s storm expected today

Sentinel photo by BRADLEY KREITZER Mike Foose Jr. clears snow from a walkway in front of an apartment building Tuesday afternoon in Mifflintown.

LEWISTOWN — Rain across the Juniata Valley region could cause concerning road conditions if temperatures dip below freezing Wednesday morning, according to the National Weather Service.

“We held on to some sleet and freezing rain into the evening. That water on the road could freeze, causing travel issues in the morning,” meteorologist Aaron Tyburski said Tuesday night, adding that temperatures were expected to be in the upper 20s Tuesday night.

After sunrise, road conditions were expected to improve rapidly.

Road conditions caused schools throughout the region to be closed on Tuesday. Mifflin County, Juniata County and Mount Union Area school districts and Juniata Mennonite School and Belleville Mennonite School will operate on a three-hour delay schedule today.

Tyburski said snowfall throughout the Juniata Valley region was as expected on Tuesday, adding that there was about 4.5 inches of snowfall in Lewistown, followed by another inch of sleet and rain into the afternoon, which met the forecasted 4-6 inches of precipitation.

Today’s forecast calls for mostly cloudy skies and winds 25 mph with gusts up to 45 mph. Temperatures are expected to reach the mid 30s today. No precipitation is expected.

Temperatures will warm up to the upper 40s on Thursday.

As of 5 p.m., road conditions were fair on Tuesday. Mifflin County Emergency Dispatch reported no major crashes and four minor, non-injury accidents.

Juniata County Emergency Dispatch reported no crashes on Tuesday.