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Schools to dismiss early ahead of expected snow

By Alex Kane Rudansky,

School districts in the Washington area announced early dismissals due to snow expected Friday afternoon and evening.

Fairfax County schools will close two hours early. Charles County schools will also close two hours early, and all afternoon and evening activities are canceled.

Montgomery County schools will dismiss 2 1/2 hours early. All after-school activities are canceled, but day care programs in school buildings will remain open as scheduled.

Loudoun County and Prince William County schools will dismiss one hour early. In Howard County, schools will dismiss 1 1/2 hours early.

Prince George’s County schools and offices also will dismiss two hours early, and all afternoon and evening activities are canceled.

Briant Coleman, a spokesman for Prince George’s County Public Schools, said the district would prefer to err on the side of caution.

“We just want to make sure our students, teachers and staff get home safely,” Coleman said. “It’s out of an abundance of caution that we made the decision to dismiss two hours early.”

Schools in Calvert County also will close two hours early.

In Arlington County, schools will dismiss at normal times, but all after-school and evening activities are canceled. Alexandria City Public Schools also will close on time, with evening activities canceled.

The federal government is open, but employees have the option to work from home or take unscheduled leave.

The snow is expected to fall across the region this afternoon and early evening, which could create an obstacle for commuters. The weather also prompted officials to cancel several local sporting events.

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Post reporter Ovetta Wiggins contributed to this report.

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