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Better weather on the way

Mirror photo by Patrick Waksmunski Duncansville Fire Department responded to a one-vehicle rollover in the eastbound lane of Old Route 22 near Blair Gap Reservoir in Juniata Township on Monday afternoon. Multiple rollover accidents were reported throughout the region on Monday.

After weeks of substantial on-and-off snowfall, the forecast is calling for warmer temperatures and, at last, more sunshine.

According to AccuWeather’s forecast for Altoona this week, Wednesday will bring springtime conditions, with a high of 50 degrees and partly cloudy skies. Though temperatures will dip again Thursday through Saturday, highs will range from the upper 30s to 44 degrees, with the daily average chance of precipitation between 15% and 16%, making additional snow unlikely.

Into next week, the highs between Sunday and Wednesday will be 40 or more three out of the four days, with a high of 36 forecast for March 2.

AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Paul Walker is cautiously optimistic that this warming trend will continue.

“I think the overall trend will proceed warmer,” Walker said. “This is the time of year when we start seeing temperatures slowly rebound. I think people are going to be pleasantly surprised if we can get rid of the snow cover as far as how warm it can get.”

According to Walker, this rise in temperatures is typical right around this time of year, and it will get increasingly warmer into March.

“This time of year, the normal high goes up about a degree every three or four days,” Walker said. “We’re seeing that from the beginning of March to the end of March, normal highs here in Altoona will go from around 41 up to 53 degrees.”

While the upcoming nicer weather may seem like a sign that spring is right around the corner, Walker said he can’t be certain it will be consistent just yet.

“I think this might be just a temporary thing, but a much-welcomed relief of the cold weather we’ve had recently,” Walker said. “It’s been a cold stretch. We’ve gone through a long stretch here where we’ve had temperatures below normal. We still can have some pretty cold spells for a few-day periods.”

Mirror Staff Writer Andrew Mollenauer is at 814-946-7428.

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