Floyd County Public Schools announced keeping schools closed for Thursday relatively quickly Wednesday after heavier snowfalls and hazardous conditions on area roads along with sub-zero wind chills expected overnight.
The announcement came early in the day as delays cleaning secondary roads continued and kept driving conditions dangerous and forecasts predicted ice, black ice and slick roads Thursday morning.
With wind chills plummeting to -10 degrees late Wednesday night, the thermometer is expected to start warming slowly, starting at midnight but wind chills remain below zero until at least 9 a.m.
The thermometer should reach 35 degrees by late afternoon but winds will keep the “real feel” below freezing through the night. Friday temps should hit the higher 40s Friday with less wind but the frozen ground will slow thawing.
Temperatures in the 50s Saturday and Sunday, with lows in the mid-30s, could bring more thawing and rain with temperatures above freezing on Monday should hasten the melting.