Blue skies above, snow still around below.

Floyd County Schools remain closed Tuesday, along with many other jurisdictions in the New River/Roanoke valleys as freezing temperatures keep last weekend’s snowfall on the ground, topped by ice.

After a relatively mild winter finished out the old year, the first 10 days of 2017 reminds us that these are the mountains of Southwestern Virginia and the month is January.

But relief begins on this Tuesday as the thermometer is forecast to rise above freezing for the first time in days and stay there overnight before delivering even warmers, even balmy days through the end of the week.

Rain and even warmer temperatures Wednesday will hasten melting and highs in the 50s Thursday and Friday should turn the snow into wet memories with next week bring highs in the 50s with lows in the 40s.

Periods of rain will hasten the demise of mother nature’s first stab of winter storms until the next prediction of snow hovers around Jan. 24 or later.