Winter weather advisory remains in effect until 7 a.m. Wednesday as extreme cold moves into the area with below zero wind chills.
So much for autumn. Welcome to winter.
The temperatures in the 40s before dawn Tuesday will be the high as the thermometer plummets to below freeing by 9 a.m. and is projected to stay in the 20s throughout the day with rain and/or snow of up to one inch before clearing in the afternoon with cold winds.
Drivers could find slick and hazardous conditions in morning travel while high winds and bitter cold Tuesday night are expected to create rough conditions.
The thermometer is expected to drop into the teens by 10 p.m. Tuesday with wind chills in single digits.
The Winter Weather Advisory for Floyd County, issued by the National Weather Service office in Blacksburg:
…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 AM EST WEDNESDAY… * WHAT…SNOW EXPECTED. TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF UP TO ONE INCH. WINDS GUSTING AS HIGH AS 45 MPH. * WHERE…PORTIONS OF SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA AND NORTHWEST NORTH CAROLINA. * WHEN…UNTIL 7 AM EST WEDNESDAY. * IMPACTS…PLAN ON SLIPPERY ROAD CONDITIONS. THE HAZARDOUS CONDITIONS COULD IMPACT THE MORNING OR EVENING COMMUTE. GUSTY WINDS COULD BRING DOWN TREE BRANCHES. THE COLD WIND CHILLS AS LOW AS 5 BELOW ZERO COULD RESULT IN HYPOTHERMIA IF PRECAUTIONS ARE NOT TAKEN. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… SLOW DOWN AND USE CAUTION WHILE TRAVELING. THE LATEST ROAD CONDITIONS FOR THE STATE YOU ARE CALLING FROM CAN BE OBTAINED BY CALLING 511.
…LIGHT SNOW ACCUMULATIONS AND RAPIDLY FALLING TEMPERATURES TO BRING SLICK CONDITIONS THIS MORNING… .A STRONG COLD FRONT WILL MOVE INTO THE APPALACHIANS TO BRING LIGHT RAIN THAT WILL CHANGE TO SNOW IN THE MOUNTAINS THIS MORNING. LIGHT SNOW ACCUMULATIONS ARE EXPECTED IN THE MOUNTAINS OF SOUTHEAST WEST VIRGINIA AND NORTHWEST NORTH CAROLINA AND IN THE SOUTHERN BLUE RIDGE. WET ROADS WILL FREEZE AND BECOME ICY DURING THE MORNING COMMUTE. LIGHT SNOW ACCUMULATIONS WILL CONTINUE THROUGH MIDDAY WITH COLD AND WINDY CONDITIONS LASTING INTO TUESDAY NIGHT.
Let’s be careful out there.