Floyd County Schools remain closed Thursday as high winds against descend on the region and drive already-freezing temperatures into the low teens and slick spots remain in secondary roads throughout the county.
With highs forecast for the high 30s and possibly the low 40 with wind gusts above 20 miles per hour, the second day of Spring is anything but warm.
Friday brings a little warmer weather to the mid 50s but winds will keep the chill down and snow — yes snow — is forecast again for Saturday and Sunday.
The last week of March does not offer much hope until mid-week with temperatures in the 60s on Thursday with showers and then falling back into the 50s and the longer forecast suggests snow showers on April 5.
Today’s wind advisory from The National Weather Service office in Blacksburg:
…WIND ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON EDT TODAY… * Locations…Along and west of the Blue Ridge. * Hazards…Strong wind gusts. * Winds…Northwest 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 50 mph. * Timing…Mainly into this morning. * Impacts…Possible downed weaker trees and limbs weighed down by any lingering wet snow. Isolated power outages possible. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A Wind Advisory is issued when sustained winds are forecast to be 31 to 39 MPH or gusts will range between 46 and 57 MPH. Winds of these magnitudes may cause minor property damage without extra precautions. Motorists in high profile vehicles should use extra caution until the winds subside.
So much for Spring…at least for the time being.