While a bigger storm could be rolling in later this week, Elkin City Schools announced it will be releasing students early Wednesday due to expected winter weather in the afternoon.
Elkin City Schools will release elementary school students at 12:30 p.m. and middle and high school at 1 p.m.
Also, Surry County Schools has announced it will dismiss at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday and all evening activities have been canceled.
For Yadkin County Schools, dismissal will be at 1 p.m. for all students Wednesday.
Surry Community College also canceled all night classes and activities Wednesday afternoon.
The forecast from the National Weather Service for Elkin is calling for snow between 3 and 4 p.m. Wednesday with accumulation of less than one inch.
In addition the National Weather Service advised local emergency crews to be prepared for the potential Friday morning into Saturday of up to 12 inches of snow and an additional quarter inch of ice.
According to the NWS forecast for Elkin, Thursday during the night is a 70 percent chance of precipitation with snow and sleet of 2 to 4 inches possible and a low of 28.
Then during the daytime Friday, a 100 percent chance of precipitation is forecast with snow and sleet before noon, freezing rain between noon and 3 p.m. and rain or freezing rain after 3 p.m. The high will reach 32. It is forecast for 3 to 5 inches of snow and sleet accumulation during the day.
Overnight Friday more mixed precipitation is forecast with an additional 1 to 3 inches of snow and sleet accumulation before it tapers off durnig the day Saturday.