The winter storm that wasn’t is followed by winter weather that is

Snow falling on U.S. 221 between Floyd and Check Tuesday night.
Snow on Daniels Run in northern Floyd County Tuesday night.
Snow on Daniels Run in northern Floyd County Tuesday night.

Sunlight bathed Floyd County for much of Tuesday with temperatures in the high 30s while a skiff of snow came and went.

When the sun went down Tuesday, the snow came out and added an inch or little more to parts of the county and the thermometer dropped into the low teens and high single digits.

Brisk winds blew such snow into mini-drifts that sometimes made what fell look like more while plunging temperatures froze wet roads and created slick spots on roads and bridges.

A check of roads overnight found all Floyd County routes passable and the Virginia Department of Transportation at 3:30 a.m. Wednesday listed all snow and ice conditions on all county roads as “minor.”  Low temperatures have created ice and slick spots on some roads and bridges.

Floyd County Schools were originally set on a two-hour delay schedule for Wednesday but later decided to close for the day. The area wakes up to what is left of a last-gasp winter storm that wasn’t.

The National Weather Service says 1.2 inches of snow fell in Floyd County over the last 24 hours — a far cry from some forecasts that claimed the total would be 4-6 inches.

The cold, however, will continue Wednesday with highs in the mid 20s and a projected low overnight of 12.

The National Weather Service has issued a wind-chill advisory until 1 p.m. Wednesday.  Current forecasts call for an even colder Thursday with a high of 21 and low of two degrees, then 28 degrees on Friday (low 17), 34 on Saturday (low 16) and 36 Sunday (low 26).

A 30 percent chance of snow is predicted Saturday.

The following week is expected to be pretty much more of the same with daytime highs not climbing into the low 40s until the last day of January.

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