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Chill stays, schools close
A motorist drives past a frozen puddle Tuesday alongside Riverside Drive in Bassett. Due to the frigid temperatures, even the sunny conditions didn’t melt roadside ice. Today is expected to be warmer, with a high of 36 degrees. (Bulletin photo by Mike Wray)
Continued cold temperatures are giving area students another day off from school today.
Due to the cold weather, schools in both Henry County and Martinsville are closed today, they announced Tuesday.
Patrick County Schools will operate on a two-hour delay, according to the division’s student weather phone line.
Also, Henry County Schools’ 12-month staff will operate on Code 2. The code is sundance, according to an email from Tim Fulcher, lead supervisor for transportation with the school division.
Temperatures were expected to drop to 9 degrees overnight.
That is only slightly warmer than the temperature overnight Monday into Tuesday. The National Weather Service in Blacksburg said the temperature was 3 degrees.
But there were discrepancies of a few degrees at various places that record the temperatures in the area. At Philpott Dam, the lowest reading was 1 degree, and Martinsville’s Water Filtration Plant recorded 5 degrees.
Today should be the start of a warming trend, with the high expected to reach 36; Thursday it should reach 41.
But don’t break out the sun screen just yet. There is a 30 percent chance of rain or freezing rain Thursday night, according to the weather service