May 29, 2017

Fire alert remains for Monday

The slightest spark can start a brush fire (file photo).
The slightest spark can start a brush fire (file photo).

Another morning of temperatures in the low 20s in our part of Floyd County but a slow warming trend could push the high Monday into the low 40s with sun before the mercury drops below freezing by 8 p.m.

The Roanoke/Blacksburg National Weather Service office keeps its fire danger alert in place for Monday.  Burning  bans remain in place in Floyd County and in other localities around the New River Valley and the Roanoke region.

Floyd County firefighters worked all night Saturday to combat a brush fire sparked by a downed power line at Poor Farm Road and Franklin Pike and remain on alert as dry and windy conditions remain.

The winter storm now called Argos struck the Northeast over the weekend and could still bring up to two feet of the white stuff in upper New York state and in the Adirondacks before starting to wind down Monday night.

Southwestern Virginia is expected to remain dry and winter storm free through Thanksgiving and Black Friday with highs in the upper 50s and lows above freezing through Saturday.  It could be eight days or more before some moisture, mostly rain showers, hits the region starting Tuesday of next week and continuing through the end of November.

The high winds of the weekend continue to wind down with currents of around 17 miles per hour Monday, 11 on Tuesday and then single digits for the remainder of the month.

Long-range forecasts suggest a possibility of the first snow showers around Dec. 5.

2 Responses to Fire alert remains for Monday

  1. Winter Storm Argos? What gave you the impression that this snowfall had a name? Hurricanes have names given to them by the National Hurricane Center, but who named the snow? The Weather Channel is a TV channel, not a government agency.

    I used to watch The Weather Channel. A LOT. But after they were purchased by NBC/Universal, they went into a nosedive, focusing more on giggly morning talk shows, “personalities” rather than meteorologists, and cheesy reality shows. The last straw was when they started naming the snow.

    One Facebook user posted THIS criticism: “Naming winter storms is the dumbest idea ever. Why hasn’t NWS or any other reputable weather reporting source joined in the naming? Oh, maybe they still feel their role is serious reporting – instead of sensationalizing, dramatizing and commercializing.” It’s pretty much how I have always felt.

    TWC’s Tom Niziol attempted to deflect the criticism: “One reason we’re doing this, simply put, is we can. We cover weather on a national scale. By ascribing a name to a weather system that’s gonna create those types of impacts, we can follow it right across the country.”

    THAT’S their answer? “We do it because we CAN”?? And the only way the personalities at TWC can keep their eye on a weather system is to give it some kind of cute name? That’s the silliest thing I’ve ever heard.

    • Chuck, I never said it was named by the NWS. All I said is that it is being called Argos. The name, however, is being used by news services and weather types around the country.