Yes, baby, it is cold outside and it will get colder.

The thermometer at 7:45 a.m. says one degree below with a wind chill of 20 below but the weather is slightly warmer than forecast.

Thursday’s forecast calls for a high of about three degrees during the way and another drop overnight and a low that could reach eight below by daylight Friday morning, but that forecast is a slight modifications of a forecast that originally called for 11 below.

Snow showers are also expected for Thursday as the arctic clipper continues to hold the area, and much of the nation, in a deep freeze.

Floyd County Schools remain closed Thursday — the fourth straight day without classes.  Several businesses have kept their doors shut this week and it might help to call and check before venturing out.

Snow that fell overnight has ice and slick spots on many roads.

Residents kept a close watch on home water pipes overnight and the vigil will likely increase with the colder temperatures Thursday night and Friday morning.

Then a slow, warming trend will being a high of 22 on Friday with an 11 degree low, followed by an above-freezing high of 36 on Saturday, 46 on Sunday and then back in the 30s on Monday and Tuesday.

One night of single-digit lows are expected on early Thursday morning at 9 degrees and a high of 24.

In other words, winter will be with us through the end of February.