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Risky driving with wintry mix

Traveling became difficult on interstate highways and unplowed roads in Wayne County, parts of Monroe County.

A PennDOT plow train clears the way for motorists on Route 93, Sugarloaf Township, Friday.

Pete G. Wilcox/the times leader

What was caked in snow is now a slushy mess.

A snowstorm in the northeast region that kept roadways slick and driving in the Wyoming Valley a headache is officially over, according to weather forecasters. The 6 to 7 inches of snowfall is not expected to stay long either.

“It may melt a little bit,” said meteorologist Mike Jurewicz of the National Weather Service, in Binghamton, N.Y.

The wintry mix of sleet and freezing rain continued until the early part of Friday evening, and began to taper down to light snow showers and flurries around 7 p.m.

Freezing rain skipped over the Wilkes-Barre area. Traveling became mostly difficult on interstate highways and unplowed roads just north of Scranton in Wayne County and parts of the Mount Pocono areas in Monroe County.

The worst-hit areas in the region had accumulated an extra couple inches in snow.

A tractor-trailer rollover in Wayne County caused the eastbound lanes of Interstate 84 to shut down for nearly six hours on Friday, according to PennDOT.

There were no reports of major accidents along interstate highways and state routes in Luzerne and Wyoming counties.

Flurries are forecast for today with temperatures in the low- to mid-30s.

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