Due to severe weather in the forecast for this afternoon, Watauga County Schools will dismiss early on Wednesday, March 1. K-8 schools will dismiss at 12 p.m., WHS at 1 p.m. Avery County Schools also closing for students at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday. Newland will dismiss at noon.
According to RaysWeather.com, “Showers will remain possible through this evening; however, expect a period of storms between 2 to 7 p.m. Frequent lightning, hail, strong winds, and brief heavy rain is possible.”