WEATHER UPDATE: School districts delay start due to expected heavy rain

[UPDATE 9:30]: Some school districts are starting their day later than usual Wednesday due to expected heavy rain.

Henry County schools will be delayed by two hours in expectation of storms hitting the area, the district announced. Elementary schools will start at 9:35 a.m., high schools will start at 10:15 a.m., and middle schools will start at 11 a.m. Bus routes will also be delayed by two hours.

“The delayed start will not change the time school ends, including dismissal by bus transportation,” according to the district.

Griffin-Spalding County schools will be delaying start times by three hours. High schools will begin at 10:40 a.m., elementary schools will begin at 11:00 a.m., and middle schools will begin at 11:30 a.m. Bus routes will also be delayed by three hours and the district said no students should be waiting for a bus before 9 a.m.

“Due to the recency of severe weather and the instability of debris from the previous storms, we are exercising an abundance of caution,” the school district said.

The heavy rain causing several schools to open later is coming in from the West, Channel 2 Action News chief meteorologist Brad Nitz said. Storms will move into northern Georgia overnight and continue through the morning. The rain is expected to have moved east by about 9 a.m.

“Parts of the south metro, certainly down in the middle of South Georgia, that’s where we have the risk for some stronger storms,” Nitz said.

[ORIGINAL STORY]: North Georgia is waking up to freezing temperatures Tuesday, but it’ll shape up to be a pretty nice day as the sun comes out and warms things up a bit, according to the forecast.

Temperatures are in the 20s and 30s for much of the area ahead of daybreak. By noon, it’ll warm up into the 40s and top off at a high in the mid-50s, Channel 2 Action News meteorologist Brian Monahan said.

“Should be a mostly sunny day today ... probably will give us a pretty nice sunset tonight,” Channel 2 Action News meteorologist Brian Monahan said. “It won’t be until late today that the clouds will thicken up a little bit more.”

Those clouds will bring in widespread rain that will stick around throughout Wednesday. While no severe storms are expected, a wind advisory will be in place for much of North Georgia as gusts could reach up to 30 and 40 mph, Monahan said.

Credit: Channel 2 Action News

Credit: Channel 2 Action News

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