Several schools close early for snow

Several Mid-State schools dismissed early Friday afternoon amid a looming winter weather forecast.

Wilson County was among them, dismissing one hour early.

School officials wanted to make sure all the children got home safe and ahead of the storm.

David Burton, Director of Safety, said, “We got up early this [Friday] morning started watching the weather; got information from the National Weather Service, WEMA, Wilson County EMA, law enforcement agencies reporting to us that things were coming in a little sooner than we thought.”

Parents stopped by Southside Elementary School one-by-one to pick their children.

Michele Holbrook, parent, said, “I happen to have the day off and I decided to come pick him up early.”

Randy Kelley, parent, said, “We just came to get her a little but early to beat the rush.  Of course I guess we're going to go to the grocery store and get our milk eggs and bread.”

Annie Barger, Parent, said, “Actually, I'm coming early out of laziness because I didn't want to get back out again.  I'd like to use the excuse the gas is expensive but that's not the really reason…”

Wilson County school buses run 128 routes a day, with the last children getting home before 5 p.m.

In Nashville, the winter weather advisory has forced MTA to operate its buses on snow routes beginning at 6 p.m. Friday night.

MTA officials will review road conditions Saturday morning to determine if snow routes should continue.

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