"Due to the timing and severity of the forecasted storm system moving into our area, Williamson County Schools will be dismissing three hours early today, Thursday, March 25," WCS officials announced via the district's website. "That means if your school normally dismisses at 3:50, it will dismiss at 12:50."
Additionally, schools in Franklin Special School District will close two hours early.
"Our decision strongly considers our district policy that requires that with any weather-related warnings, our students and staff must shelter in place until the warning expires or, if students are traveling home, our buses must detour to shelter in the closest school," FSSD officials said in an announcement. "With the safety of our students and staff as our first priority, today’s two-hour early dismissal will prevent long-term sheltering in place at the schools or travel during the storm’s highest threat. We urge you to have a storm plan in place, including having your mobile devices charged and close at hand as well as identifying an interior space away from windows where you can gather in the event of a tornado warning."
The National Weather Service's Nashville office has forecasted severe thunderstorms in the area set to occur between 1-7 p.m. Storms are expected to have winds of up to 65 miles per hour with flash flooding and tornadoes possible.