Our winter of weather discontent

Two-hour delay for the start of school in Floyd County on Friday morning. Same for Franklin and Giles counties. The Floyd County school system sent students home early Thursday as snow began falling around 1 p.m. and covered roads not yet clear from the snow and ice from last week.

The National Weather Service office in Blacksburg, in a “special weather statement,” says slick roads and icy conditions may stay through most of Friday..

The NWS notice:

…Patchy freezing drizzle this morning… With temperatures near or just below freezing, icy roads will continue to be a problem this morning, the result of yesterday’s snowfall. Patchy freezing drizzle, or very light snow, is still possible and will be a concern through mid morning, or until temperatures climb above freezing. The higher elevations will also experience patchy dense fog, which may also pose a hazard for those highways which pass across mountain ridges. Secondary and untreated roadways, as well as bridges and overpasses, may have areas of ice. Motorists should remain alert for slick spots including in areas of fog if traveling this morning. Temperatures are forecast to warm above freezing today, favoring melting for the afternoon.

Friday’s forecast predicts sun by the afternoon with a high of 43 before dropping back to 32 overnight, then 42 with rain on Saturday but back to freezing again by sunrise on Sunday with clouds and winds of around 25 mph with higher surges, which could bring more problems with falling branches — many of them still coated with ice.

The high Sunday is only expected to reach 36 before plunging to seven degrees overnight, followed by a sunny Monday with lows back in the teens.

Then light rain by Wednesday, followed by snow showers on Thursday. What follows for week afterwards should be highs in the lower 30s and overnight lows well below freezing.

In other words, crappy winter weather is the outlook for the rest of January and could continue into February.

For the weekend, area residents might get a chance to celebrate a rare “miss” in this winter of nasty weather as another major snow storm sweeps through the upper Midwest and into the Northeast.

That storm is now projected to pass just Northwest of us as it heads into New England.

That temporary lull of stormy winter weather is brief and we still have snow and ice on the ground from the freezing precipitation that fell before.

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