...And freezing rain is forecast for the area Monday night.
Floyd County schools closed Monday for the third straight day as a number of secondary roads remain partially or completely blocked by snow drifts and other roads will be slick with black ice on a morning with temperatures once again in the low 20s.
Although Monday is the official federal “President’s Day” holiday, a lot of county residents will struggle to return to work and some semblance of a normal life.
With lows Monday morning in the bottom 20s and a projected high in the high 30s, Floyd County faces the prospect of freezing rain Monday night as the thermometer dips back into the 20s and slick road conditions threaten commuters and the possibility of school returning on Tuesday.
On Tuesday, however, temperatures are projected to climb back into the 50s and remain there as highs for each day of the week from Tuesday on and lows should stay above freezing.
Snowplow operators report an avalanche of calls from anxious residents needing help clearing their driveways. Some charge $150 and up for the service while others, like Locust Grove Supervisor Lauren Yoder, spent the weekend on tractors plowing driveways and clearing snow for nothing but gratitude from thankful residents.
Yoder said Sunday he hadn’t kept track of how many driveways he’d cleaned but he spent Friday in the Check and Copper Hill areas, Saturday along Daniels Run and Sunday in and around Franklin Pike.
Residents with four-wheel drive vehicles reported helping a number of neighbors out of ditches. Others ventured from house to house to help neighbors shovel their driveways and sidewalks.
On Facebook, a number of Floyd County residents who talked all winter about wanting a “real snow” apologized for getting a lot more than they asked for.
“There’s an old Chinese proverb about being careful what you wish for because you just might get it and, boy, we got what we wished for and now we’re sorry we ever uttered such a wish,” one poster said.
The National Weather Service said last week’s snowfall of 25-30 inches was the largest storm to strike the area since 1993.
Still the huge mounds of snow from driveway and parking lot clearing will remain part of the landscape for weeks to come along with the memories of the “big one” of 2014.
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