Winter returns…sort of

Ice alongside U.S. 221 north of Floyd.
Ice alongside U.S. 221 north of Floyd.
Ice alongside U.S. 221 north of Floyd.

A winter storm watch for the area became a storm warning Monday morning as sleet moved into the area, schools closed and both the Virginia Department of Transportation and law enforcement agencies urged those who don’t have to go out to stay home.

After a day of springlike weather and temperatures in the 60s, the region plunged back into winter as the first full week of March continues a season of wildly-fluctuating patterns.

The latest forecasts suggest Floyd County could be in for 1-3 inches of snow on top of the freezing rain and sleet, creating hazardous roads and the threat of power outages.

Earlier forecasts suggested 2-4 inches for Floyd but the dire warnings and threats eased as the morning progressed.  With temperatures below freezing at around 29 degree at noon the chance for icing on bridges and overpasses continues but the prediction of a major storm turned out to be more angst than fact.

Enhanced by Zemanta
Share on facebook
Share on twitter