July 21, 2017

Serious wind chill, 2-hour delay for school

Too cold to sit outside or take a slide.

Floyd County public schools — closed Tuesday because of the snowfall and ice from the storm that fell short of expectations but still left the area frozen, windy and cold — will start with a two hour delay Wednesday as plummeting temperatures overnight is expected to leave the area frozen with wind gusts in the mid-20s miles per hour range.

The National Weather Service predicts lows of 13 or so with wind chills down to -8 degrees with the frigid wind calculated in early Wednesday morning.

The wind will keep the “real feel” of temperatures of 28 feeling like 14 or so degrees Wednesday afternoon.

Says the NWS advisory:

… WIND CHILL ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 8 PM THIS EVENING TO 8 AM EDT WEDNESDAY… THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BLACKSBURG HAS ISSUED A WIND CHILL ADVISORY, WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 8 PM THIS EVENING TO 8 AM EDT WEDNESDAY. * LOCATIONS… LOCATIONS IN VIRGINIA ALONG AND WEST OF THE BLUE RIDGE, AS WELL AS PORTIONS OF SOUTHEAST WEST VIRGINIA AND NORTHWEST NORTH CAROLINA. * HAZARD TYPES… DANGEROUSLY LOW WIND CHILL VALUES AND STRONG GUSTY WINDS. * WIND CHILL READINGS… FALLING TO AROUND 5 BELOW ZERO BY DAYBREAK WEDNESDAY. * TIMING… TONIGHT INTO WEDNESDAY MORNING. * IMPACTS… DIRECT EXPOSURE OF SKIN TO THE COLD AND WIND WILL QUICKLY LEAD TO FROSTBITE. STRONG WIND GUSTS MAY BRING DOWN SMALL TREE LIMBS AND CAUSE SPORADIC POWER OUTAGES. * WINDS… 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS OF 45 TO 50 MPH, ESPECIALLY AT THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS. * TEMPERATURES… 5F TO 15F ABOVE ZERO. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… A WIND CHILL ADVISORY IS ISSUED WHEN STRONG WINDS WILL COMBINE WITH COLD TEMPERATURES FOR SEVERAL HOURS TO CREATE DANGEROUSLY COLD CONDITIONS FOR EXPOSED SKIN. THOSE PLANNING TO VENTURE OUTDOORS SHOULD USE COMMON SENSE AND DRESS WARMLY… MAKING SURE THAT ALL EXPOSED SKIN IS COVERED. &&

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… WINTRY CONDITIONS WILL PERSIST AT THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS WEST OF THE BLUE RIDGE… .NORTHWEST WINDS WILL BE INCREASING AND BECOME QUITE GUSTY THIS AFTERNOON AS A STRONG WINTER STORM MOVES UP THE MID ATLANTIC COAST. THIS WILL USHER IN VERY COLD AIR AND ALLOW UPSLOPE SNOW SHOWERS TO CONTINUE WEST OF THE BLUE RIDGE, ESPECIALLY AT THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS, INTO WEDNESDAY. WIND CHILL VALUES WILL ALSO BECOME DANGEROUSLY LOW IN THE MOUNTAINS BY EARLY WEDNESDAY MORNING.

Bundle up out there.  It’s going to be cold.  Damn cold.

Hillside overlooking Sandy Flats Road in Southeast Floyd.

 

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