Floyd County schools tried to reopen today — two hours late — but conditions remain bad after the Valentine’s and President’s days snow and ice deluge that has roads slick and black ice lurking on Wednesday morning.
The twice delayed opening Conference basketball game between Floyd County’s Buffaloes and Giles is scheduled to start at 6:30 a.m. at the FCHS gym and will include the more-often delayed homecoming celebration if the weather does not bring another cancellation.
Floyd is scheduled crown a new basketball homecoming queen Wednesday night and Giles will finally hold its often-delayed “Senior Night” recognition not at home but on the road in the conference game.
The Lady Buffaloes are scheduled to play a semi-final Conference 2A match Thursday against the winner of the Giles-James River match Wednesday night. The Lady Buffs, as district winner, had a first-round bye but opens post-season play Thursday at Martinsville Middle School.
The Conference championship is set for Friday at 6 p.m. also at Martinsville Middle School.
The weather prognosticators say a high of 39 degrees in Floyd County Wednesday will give us some melting of the snow and ice but ground cover remains and low temperatures Wednesday and Thursday nights will keep it with us until the temperatures climb into the higher 40s and 50s from Saturday to Sunday and leave a wet mess on the ground.
Lows will remain above freezing through Monday night but will head south starting Tuesday with lows in the 20s and teens and highs only in the 30s through Friday. Snow is also in the forecast, starting a week from today but the totals is only thinking about 1-3 inches. That could change as the next storm approaches.
The primary election madness that is gripping the nation hits Virginia and Floyd on Tuesday, March 1. Current polls show Donald Trump leading Republicans and Hillary Clinton the Democrats statewide.
The Daytona 500 opens the points-paying race season Sunday with NASCAR legend Bill Elliott’s son, Chase, sitting on the pole in the Hendricks Motorsport ride vacated by Jeff Gordon’s retirement. The 20-year-old, in his rookie season for NASCAR’s top level, is the youngest driver to sit on the pole.
Does the return of NASCAR racing signal the approach of spring?
We can hope.