Closings, early dismissals ahead of expected wintry mix

- Several area schools took a 'better-safe-than-sorry' approach Monday morning by canceling classes and dismissing students early ahead of a winter storm that is expected to impact the region later this afternoon.

Extremely cold temperatures throughout the area will likely cause any precipitation that falls to freeze immediately upon hitting the ground and pavement. The timing of the storm, expected to arrive by 3 p.m., could cause hazardous driving conditions at the time most students would be dismissed.

FOX 5's Bob Barnard said he received mixed reactions from people he spoke with about the decision of some school districts to close despite winter weather not yet arriving. Most said they were surprised by the decision.

Road crews around the region began preparations early in anticipation of the winter weather. Transportation crews were mobilized and many roads, bridges and underpasses were being pre-treated.

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