In anticipation of the winter storm expected to hit the area this weekend, area schools have announced early dismissals for their students.
Shamokin Area School District announced that students will be dismissed from the middle/high school at 1:15 p.m. and the elementary school students at 1:30 p.m. Lourdes Regional will also dismiss at 1:15 p.m. Mount Carmel Area School District will dismiss students two hours earlier than their regular dismissal times and North Schuylkill will dismiss high school students at 1:15 p.m. and elementary school students at 2 p.m.
Southern Columbia Area and Line Mountain have Act 80 days today, so they are not affected.
A Winter Storm Watch is in effect for our area while a warning has been issued for the region south of Northumberland County. The National Weather Service predicts a snowfall total of 4 to 8 inches in the area, but forecasters say any slight alteration in the path of the storm could increase or decrease the total amount.