By Rachel Baldwin
WILLIAMSON - The weekend temperatures may climb into the low 30’s, but it will only serve as a short reprieve from the weather conditions that held a firm grasp on the Tug Valley area last week, as temperatures drop back into single digits on Tuesday.
According to the National Weather Service in Charleston, a winter weather advisory was issued on Friday for most of Southern West Virginia and Eastern Kentucky that will remain in effect until tonight at midnight, due to the expected accumulation of snow and freezing temperatures.
Any snow that falls during this period will only add to the previous accumulation that has been on the ground since last Tuesday, since the temperature has not reached the melting point. Area schools have remained closed, and some businesses and county offices also shut their doors early to allow their employees a chance to get home before the roadways became hazardous.
A strong cold front arriving tonight is expected to hamper travelers, as local roads become ice- and snow-covered. Salt fails to work as it should once the temperatures fall below 19 or 20 degrees.
Today’s high is expected to possibly reach 36 degrees, with a nighttime low of 24. Tomorrow, the skies will be cloudy with possible snow flurries, with a high of 31, which will then take a drastic fall to around zero throughout the night. Tuesday, the daytime temperature will be a bone-chilling 14 degrees, with a nighttime low again of near zero.
If you would like to report snow accumulations in your area or hazardous road conditions, you may call the weather reporting line for the National Weather Service at 1-800-401-9535, and record the information.
Local law enforcement officers remind the public to use extreme caution when driving, and to stay off the roads unless travel is a necessity. Also, remember to bring your pets in out of the cold and make sure they have food and water. Check on the elderly in your neighborhood and assist them with their needs, as well as those who may have medical conditions that prevent them from doing for themselves.