With the wind finally down to 2-5 mph, the thermometer temperature on our back porch is actually how cold it is for the first time in two weeks.
It’s still cold (16 degrees at 10 a.m. EST in Floyd) but without the wind gusts of up to 35 mph, that temperature reading is downright balmy.
The high of about 21 degrees or so will stay close to that when the sun goes down Sunday afternoon and into the hours past midnight and into Monday morning, increasing to a high of about 37 degrees — our first time above freezing for — well — most of the first time in 2018.
Keep an eye out for a possible “light wintry mix” from about 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday but the temperature could be above freezing by 10 a.m. in Floyd County but bridges could be a problem. We will keep an eye on this and update.
We can expect partly cloudy and warmer Tuesday (high 49) and an overnight low still above freeing, then highs in the low 50s — with needed rain — on Thursday and Friday — before highs drop back into the 30s for the weekend with lows in the 20s and 10s.
The National Weather Service office in Blacksburg predicts no return of sub-freezing weather here in the Southwestern Virginia Blue Ridge for it least the next couple of weeks and more days in the 50s by mid-month and possible snow showers around Saturday, Jan. 20.
Enjoy it while you can because February usually brings cold weather and increased possibility of a big snowfall, although the Farmer’s Almanac predicts light snowfalls, if any, for this part of the Blue Ridge this winter.
A number of Floyd County homes experienced frozen water pipes over the last two weeks, along with some power outages that — thankfully — did not last long enough, although even a short failure could turn a home into a refrigerator in minutes during the extreme cold temperatures.
Stores reported a run on propane heaters, portable generators and antifreeze for cars but not on snow shovels — yet.
Who thought we might celebrate a high temperature in the 20s?