June 27, 2017

From snow to drizzle to fizzle

120505cow.jpg 120505snow2.jpgThe snow started strong but turned into drizzle by day’s end while accumulation fell far short of the 6-12 inches orginally forecast. The lonely cow stands amid tracks of a day in the snow (above) on the DeHart cattle firm along U.S. 221 north of Floyd while tracks mark what little traffic ventured out on the gravel area of Sandy Flats Road between Harvestwood and Shooting Creek roads (left). So, we have more slush than anything else and the promise of ice when temperatures plumment overnight. The talking heads on the tube say there still is a chance of more snow tonight so we may be looking at hazardous conditions on Tuesday morning. However, VDOT promises crews will work through the night on the main drags so those roads should be open on Tuesday while some back roads will still be covered with ice and slush. Schools closed in Floyd County on Monday and opened two hours late today. A number of businesses closed early in town as people headed home before darkness and colder weather turned the slush into ice. If you believe the wooly worms (and the wooly worms are seldom wrong), Monday’s snow is just the start of what will be a long, cold and nasy winter.

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