Schools remain closed for a third straight day in Floyd County, along with many other cities and counties in the New River and Roanoke valleys Wednesday as the area remains buried in more than a foot of snow kept in place by sub freezing overnight temperatures.
Not far away, a 4.4 magnitude earthquake shook East Tennessee and could be felt throughout the Southeastern United States. The quake hit at 4:14 a.m. Wednesday, followed by a 3.3 aftershock 12 minutes later.
The quake was one of the strongest on record in Tennessee, exceeded only by a stronger one that rattled Maryville, south of Knoxville, on Nov. 30, 1973 and caused minor damage in the area.
No reports of damage by 6 a.m. Wednesday.
Closer to home, temperatures in the mid-to-upper 30s Tuesday had little impact of the pile of snow that covered our area Sunday with accumulations of one to two feet throughout the area.
Highs Wednesday are forecast into the mid 40s, then 47 on Thursday with lows close to freezing.
It may take two days of forecasted rains Friday and Saturday to wash away at least some of the snow cover that has disrupted life throughout the area.
Wednesday’s “Special Weather Statement” from the National Weather Service:
..Patchy Ice Could Result in Hazardous Road Conditions Again This Morning… Many locations were reporting temperatures in the mid 20s to lower 30s early this morning. Additional snow melt from Tuesday will re- freeze, creating black ice on roadways especially on bridges and overpasses. Temperatures are expected to warm above freezing by mid morning. Motorists should use caution if traveling.