Incoming severe weather forces early school dismissals in Tennessee Valley

U.S. National Weather
Thursday, February 16, 2022 Severe Weather graphic (U.S. National Weather Huntsville Office/Facebook)

School systems throughout the Tennessee Valley have announced closings, early dismissal or virtual learning in anticipation of severe weather throughout Thursday, February 17th. 

The National Weather Service Office Huntsville Office is calling on residents to “BE WEATHER AWARE predicting:

  • High gusty winds all day with gusts up to 45-50 mph possible outside of thunderstorms
  • Strong to severe storms this afternoon and evening may bring damaging wind gusts and a few tornadoes

Last night, NWS Huntsville posted a useful checklist for residents.

(National Weather Service/Facebook)

School Early Dismissal & Virtual

Most school systems are closing a few hours early today before the severe weather is expected to arrive this afternoon.  We will update the list throughout the morning. A couple of school systems are implementing virtual learning measures.

Florence City Schools: 11:30 a.m. early dismissal pre-K through 6th grades; 12:30p.m. early dismissal 7th through 12th grades

Franklin County Schools: 12:30 p.m. dismissal 

Haleyville City Schools: Virtual learning – Thursday

Huntsville City Schools: Early dismissal Thursday: 12:30 p.m. elementary schools, 1 p.m. middle and junior high, 1:40 p.m. high schools.

Lauderdale County Schools – Remote learning – Thursday

Lawrence County Schools: 12:30 p.m. dismissal Thursday

Limestone County Schools: Early dismissal Thursday: 12:40 p.m. for elementary schools, 1 p.m. for high schools

Madison County Schools: 12:15 p.m. dismissal for high school and middle school campuses; 1 p.m. dismissal for elementary and intermediate schools

Muscle Shoals City Schools: 1 p.m. dismissal Thursday

Russellville City Schools: 1 p.m. dismissal Thursday

Tuscumbia City Schools: 1 p.m. dismissal Thursday


As of 7:00am there were no postings on social media from Colbert County Schools, Morgan County Schools and Decatur Schools. Please tag @hvilleblast on social media when an announcement is made, and we will  update this story.

Patrick Byington
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