Enjoy the  sunshine on this Wednesday, Dec. 7, and please pause to remember those who died in the attack on Pearl Harbor 75 years ago.

The burning ban for Floyd County was lifted Tuesday after soaking rains but residents are urged to still be careful when burning leaves and other materials.

The Roanoke/Blacksburg National Weather Service office says the projected high of 48 Wednesday afternoon will be as warm as it will get until next week.  A high of Friday on Thursday precedes  a violent thermometer plunge for an expected low of 18 Thursday night and into Friday with highs of 40 on Thursday, 32 Friday and 38 on Saturday.

Lows of 18 on Friday and 23 on Saturday  climb back above freezing overnight Sunday to 35 before heading down again into the 20s and then 18 again for Dec. 14 and 15.

Winter officially arrives officially at 5:44 a.m. on Wednesday, December 21 but morning snow showers are forecast for a week from today and again on Dec. 17 and 18.

If you haven’t already, it might be a good time to double check your vehicle’s antifreeze and make sure your house’s water pipes are protected.

The weather could be frightful.   Bundle up and stay warm.