120813ice1In what one might expect on a day the Irish “honor” the name of a non-existent “saint,” March 17th dawns to a storm that wasn’t — yet.

The Irish celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by drinking themselves into oblivion, which itself raises question because the Irish seldom need an excuse to drink and party.

Like the purported sainthood of Mr. Patrick, predictions of a snowfall of five inches or more vanished into the ether.  Instead,, a light, sometimes freezing, rain that fell on the area overnight.  With about an inch of snow in most parts of Floyd County, a “dry patch” moved through the area in the early hours of Monday but more rain/snow/sleet, however, are expected today as part of a “wintry mix.”

And, as happened a lot this winter, Floyd County schools were scheduled to open two hours late Monday, but then announced at 6:40 a.m. they would be closed.

“Imagine this,” read one post on Facebook.  “School is now closed!!!”

While conditions do not appear to be as bad as originally expected, a weather-related multi-vehicle closed the northbound lanes of Interstate 81 just south of Exit 89-A in Pulaski County early Monday, leaving a four-mile backup on the road.

With temperatures at 24 at 8:30 a.m. in Floyd County and a high of only 33 expected with some additional rain and snow today, road conditions on primary routes are expected to remain sloppy today with icy and slick conditions on secondaries, bridges and overpasses.

Then a warning trend moves in Tuesday with highs in the mid-50s and even warmer into the upper 50s on Wednesday and Thursday and upper 60s by Friday.

Oh yes, Spring officially arrives Thursday. 012310ice