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School closings announced ahead of severe weather threat

Severe weather is headed to Georgia and schools have announced they're dismissing early.

We will update this list as more closings or early dismissals come in.

Cherokee County Schools are cancelling all extracurricular activities for middle and high schools. The elementary afterschool program will keep it's normal operating hours.

Dade County Schools are closed all day on March 1.

Dalton Public Schools are closing early on March 1. Middle schools are closing at noon and all other schools are closing at 1 PM. After school care and all evening activities are also canceled.

DeKalb County are canceling all extracurricular after-school activities on Wednesday. After-school care will be provided for students as scheduled. Georgia High School Association basketball playoff games involving Miller Grove High School and Lithonia High School will occur as scheduled.

Gordon County Schools after school and all other afternoon activities will also be canceled.

Gordon County Schools said closing early rather than cancelling school for today allowed "the ability to get a partial day of instruction in for our students, as well as the ability to feed our students both breakfast and lunch," Director of communication Amy Parker said.

"Safety is always our primary concern, but we also have a focus on educating and nurturing those in our care. The decision for an early dismissal allowed for both of those objectives to be met."

Murray County Schools are closing early on March 1. Pre-K, PVIS and Student Drivers are released at 11:30 and all others are released at noon.

Rome City Schools are closing early on March 1. Elementary schools are releasing at 1:30 while middle and high schools are releasing at 2:00.

Cobb County has not announced school closings or early dismissals for schools but they did canceled a siren test that was scheduled for noon because of the threat of bad weather. The test could take place on Thursday, weather pending.


11Alive Chief Meteorologist Chris Holcomb says strong to severe thunderstorms are expected across much of north Georgia on Wednesday ahead of a strong cold front.

The heavy storms are part of a larger complex of severe weather encompassing a huge area stretching from Mississippi and Alabama northward to New England.

Stormtracker Chesley McNeil said northern parts of the state should expect to see some isolated thunderstorms and showers around 1p.m. to 2 p.m. but most of the severe weather will not make it's way to the Metro Atlanta area until around 3 p.m. or 4 p.m.

Here is a timeline of what to expect.

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