Maybe the next suspense/horror movie filmed in Floyd County should be entitled “The Winter That Wouldn’t Die.” Or one for teenagers called “The School Year That Never Ends.” Or for the snow-birds who spent the early part of the winter season yapping about how much they wanted snow and other signs of Winter: “Be Careful What You Wish For: You Will Get It.”
Frigid temperatures, gusty winds and even more snowfall kept the effects of Tuesday’s Spring snowstorm around for a second day — closing schools, leaving roads slick and making more and more residents of Floyd County and the New River Valley wondering if Spring would ever arrive in 2014.
With temperatures Wednesday morning in the teens and a wind chill near zero, the dawn of Wednesday did no look like a day left than a week away from the beginning of April.
With a high today of only about 35 degrees, things aren’t expected to improve.
Some parts of Floyd County reported an inch or more of snow overnight and plumbers reported calls coming in about frozen water pipes before daylight.
In a “Local Weather Alert” issued at 5:45 a.m., the National Weather Service in Blacksburg said:
SNOW DECREASING BUT ROADS STILL SLICK IN SPOTS…
SNOW SHOWERS WILL BE DIMINISHING THIS MORNING WITH A FEW PLACES GETTING A HALF INCH OR LESS. TEMPERATURES ARE GOING TO STAY BELOW FREEZING THROUGH MUCH OF THE MORNING… KEEPING ANY SNOW ON UNTREATED ROADS FROM MELTING UNTIL THE SUN COMES OUT. LOOK FOR SLICK TRAVEL IN THE MOUNTAINS… AND NEARBY VALLEYS THOUGH MID MORNING. ADDITIONALLY… WIND CHILLS ARE GOING TO BE AS LOW AS ZERO TO 5 BELOW… SO BUNDLE UP WHEN HEADING OUTDOORS.
The NWS says the temperatures will fall back into the lower 20 tonight and then climg to 48 on Thursday, 56 on Friday, into the 60s on Saturday and into the 60s next week, with April arriving with a high of 61. Rain for the next few days with dry weather returning on Sunday.
We shall see.