Rain, then freezing rain and possibly snow

Freezing rain and cold birds in a previous winter storm.
Rain and fog in a Floyd County woods.

A brief respite from the arctic freeze that gripped the area over the weekend with temperatures into the 40s Monday and a high of 45 forecast for Tuesday in Floyd and a little bit higher down the mountain in Roanoke and the New River Valley.

Rain Tuesday is expected to give way to a partly sunny Wednesday and a projected high of 41.

Enjoy it, because the mercury is headed back well below freezing with a cold low of 21 Wednesday night and a high of just 23 on Thursday and an overnight low of 10 going into another subfreezing high of 29 Friday and a shivering 20 for the low.

Moisture returns Saturday with a 50 percent chance of rain, and possibly freezing rain, on Saturday, but the thermometer is expected to reach a high of 48 and a low of above-freezing 45 in the wee morning hours of Sunday where a high is expected to venture up to 54 with more rain.

Then a wet and cold week heading into Christmas with ice to rain forecasts and a wet ending of the snow showers part of the forecast.

Figures.  A sore throat that kept me down Sunday evolved into a cold and the lasting edges still leaves me feverish and congested as I head into a busy week with a large docket for Circuit Court Tuesday, a boys JV and varsity basketball game to photograph Tuesday night, a girls JV and varsity match on Wednesday evening and Thursday covering the Floyd County Supervisors.

No rest for the weary newspaperman.  Wouldn’t have it any other way.

Stark cold weather rain.
Hard rain. Rocky weather?
Stop the rain?

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