No classes Tuesday for Floyd County public schools. The school board pulled the plug early, announcing the closing Monday afternoon, as did school system in Montgomery County along with Alleghany, Bland, Carroll, Craig, Giles and Pulaski counties plus Radford City.
As a winter front forecast to bring “the coldest air in a generation” puts more than 70 percent of the United States into subfreezing temperatures sweeps through the nation, the National Weather Forecast office in Blacksburg issues a Winter Weather Advisory:
…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 PM EST THIS EVENING… * WHAT…Rain this morning…quickly changing to Snow. Total snow accumulations of 1 to 2 inches expected. Winds gusting as high as 35 mph later this morning and into the afternoon. * WHERE…Portions of southwest and west central Virginia, northwest North Carolina and southeast West Virginia. * WHEN…Until 7 PM EST this evening. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Untreated roads will become slippery and hazardous. Patches of black ice also possible as temperatures plunge below freezing during the day. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning and evening commute. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A Winter Weather Advisory for snow means periods of snow will cause primarily travel difficulties. Expect snow covered roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving. The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1. &&
…A blast of wintry weather slated to track into the region today… .A strong Arctic cold front will move into the western part of the forecast area this morning, moving eastward toward the coast by evening. This front will bring a brief period of rain quickly changing to snow with minor accumulations, sharply falling temperatures with low wind chills by Wednesday morning, and strong and gusty winds, especially Wednesday. Even though the snowfall is expected to be mostly in the 1-3 inch range west, and 1 inch or less range east, the combination of the snow and any residual remaining water on the pavement will combine with temperatures plummeting below freezing into the 20s by late afternoon introducing the threat for a flash freeze as well as black ice.
Bundle up, stay warm and stay safe.