The “Special Weather Statement for Floyd County, Virginia” from the Roanoke/Blacksburg National Weather Service Office says it all.

.. Surge of arctic air to produce low wind chills… Arctic air will spill in on gusty northwest winds into Friday morning. This will send temperatures into the teens to lower 20s late tonight across the mountains. The wind and temperatures will combine to bring the wind chill value into the single digits above zero. Locations in the higher elevations will experience wind chills by dawn from zero to five below. The wind chills will climb into the teens by late morning over most areas outside the higher ridges. Those who have to venture out early Friday morning, especially children catching the school bus, need to prepare for these cold wind chills. Dress in several layers, wear a hat, and gloves. Also, make sure your pets have adequate warmth.

The thermometer on our back porch reads 19 degrees at 5 a.m. The wind chill sends it much lower and it will be even worse overnight on Friday with lows in the 15-17 degree range and winds around 15 miles per hour.

A high of 31 is forecast for Friday, 37 Saturday (low overnight around 21) and 40 on Sunday with a low right at freezing.

Then a littler warmer Sunday with a high around 53 and rain in the morning hours, followed by showers Tuesday and a temperatures in the 40s.

Forecasts say we will have rain and possiblysome dhow woers in Wednesday with the thermometer plunging back down to 18 or so and staying below freezing on Thursday (30 high, low 16) on Thursday and not much warmer on Friday.

Yes, baby, it’s cold outsisde.