Call it a mixed blessing.  The temperature on this Monday will climb above freezing as part of a warming trend but it comes with a ‘winter weather advisory that could include freezing rain, sleet, snow that might leave a slick mess on the road.

The National Weather Service expects the mess to arrive around 10 a.m. and drop the wet and frozen stuff on us through the day and into the evening.

However, temperatures are expected to raise over freezing around 11 a.m. and stay in the mid 30s through the night with precipitation ending in the wee hours of the morning Tuesday.

A swing of a few degrees by the thermometer, however, could mean the difference between a wet day or a slick and freezing one.

Floyd County Schools are closed, along with many other systems in the area.

The official warning from the National Weather Service:

… Winter weather advisory now in effect from 10 am this morning to midnight est tonight… * what… Snow and sleet at the onset, followed by a mix of sleet and freezing rain is expected. The ice will result in very slippery conditions on sidewalks, roads and bridges, especially during the evening commute on monday. Total ice accumulations of a light glaze to as much as a tenth of an inch can be expected along with a light coating of snow or sleet. * where… Portions of central, south central, southwest and west central virginia, north central and northwest north carolina and southeast west virginia. * when… From 10 am this morning to midnight est tonight. * additional details… The ground is froze. Even if temperatures rise above freezing, icing may still occur on the ground. Precautionary/preparedness actions… A winter weather advisory means that periods of freezing rain will cause travel difficulties. Be prepared for slippery roads. Slow down and use caution while driving. The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.

More information

… Light wintry mix expected this afternoon… .a weak area of low pressure will pass to the south of the region. Moisture lifting northeast ahead of this system will overspread the residual cold air over the area. This will result in a light wintry mix of precipitation, most of which will fall during the afternoon and evening. The precipitation may begin as a period of snow and sleet, then transition to rain and freezing rain depending on the surface temperature at that time.