When snow melts during the day, it freezes overnight.

No snow today but frigid temperatures, untreated roads and “black ice”creates slick driving conditions for those who venture out on Floyd County roads this morning.

The National Weather Service office in Blacksburg issued this Special Weather Report at 5:48 a.m. Sunday:

… SLICK ROADWAYS EXPECTED THIS MORNING… SUB-FREEZING TEMPERATURES WILL KEEP UNTREATED ROADS AND SIDEWALKS SLICK WITH SNOW AND BLACK ICE THIS MORNING. USE CAUTION IF YOU TRAVEL THIS MORNING, AND ALLOW FOR EXTRA TIME TO REACH YOUR DESTINATION.

The thermometer at our location displayed 22 degrees at 6:00 a.m. Sunday and the high for the afternoon is forecast to reach no more than 34 degrees before starting back downwards at sunset to a low in the mid to lower 20s.

Partly cloudy conditions are expected to move on, replaced by sun later in the morning but melting of the snow on the ground will be minimal.

Monday should be a little warmer with high in the mid 40s with a low around 31 but the NWS says snow showers are possible on Tuesday with highs back in the mid 30s with a low of 14.

Continued cold for Wednesday and through the weekend, where we might see a high by 50 degrees next Sunday but lows will remain close to or below freezing.

Looking ahead to Christmas, NWS sees rain and freezing rain on Dec. 23 and ice to rain on Christmas Eve.

It’s winter in the mountains.  Bundle up and be careful out there.