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Several School Systems Canceled, Closed Early For Weather

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Many school systems across portions of Middle Tennessee and Southern Kentucky were canceled Friday due to the threat of a potentially hazardous, winter storm. Several school systems also closed two hours early in preparation of the wintry weather.

Metro Nashville Public Schools made the decision to close two hours early Friday morning.

"I was hoping it would close all together but you know they don't miss a day now so it's ok," one parent said.

A notice posted on their web site said all schools would dismiss two hours early. All after school activities were also canceled.

"It was really looking at the weather system, when the worst of it is going to hit Nashville and when if there were going to be icy conditions when we could expect them to hit," Metro Schools spokesperson Meredith Libbey explained about how the decision to close early was made. " and that was when (we decided) to get the buses off the roads by 5 (pm).'

Sumner, Wilson, Maury, Marshall, Smith, DeKalb, Jackson, Clay, and Macon Counties also made the decision to close early.

In addition to school systems, many universities also opted to close early. Austin Peay State University announced it would also close at 1:30 p.m. Friday. Nossi College of Art closed at 1 p.m. while Vol State-Highland Crest closed at 2 p.m. Both Fortis Institute and Georgia Insitute-Murfreesboro canceled all night classes for the evening.

Traffic congestion was expected to begin earlier than as a result of school closings and commuters attempting to stay ahead of the weather front. Later on in the evening hours, drivers can expect some black ice on the roadways, as well.

Many of school systems on the north and west parts of Middle Tennessee closed as a result of the storm.

The following counties were closed in Tennessee: Robertson, Cheatham, Dickson, Montgomery, Stewart, Houston, Hickman, Benton, Humphreys, Perry, Lewis, Decatur, Hardin, Henderson, Weakley, Henry, Carroll and Hardin. In addition to being closed, Cheatham, Lewis and Robertson Counties have also canceled all activities and its extended care services.

Counties in Kentucky including Todd, Logan, Trigg, Caldwell, Barron, Monroe and Muhlenberg Counties were also closed.

The Tennessee Department of Transportation had crews out Thursday night putting salt on the roadways before the ice forms. They continued to monitor the roadways throughout Friday afternoon.

A cold front moving through the area was expected to bring ice, sleet and possibly snow to the mid-South region. Up to a half-inch of ice rain has been forecast for the parts of the area.

Dawn temperatures were in the mid-30s in Nashville, but are expected to drop to the 20s overnight.

Stay up to date with all school closings on our NewsChannel 5 Snow Watch page.

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