Patrick County Public School Superintendent Dr. William Sroufe issued an announcement at 11:27 AM today that due to the threat of high winds and hazardous driving conditions near dismissal time, Patrick County Schools will close two hours early today (March 1st). All after-school activities have been canceled. Elementary schools will release at 12:30 PM and Patrick County High School will release at 1 PM.
Franklin County Schools have also announced intentions to close two hours early.
The National Weather Service has placed our region under a severe thunderstorm watch until 5 PM this afternoon. Showers and thunderstorms are expected in Martinsville mainly after 4 PM and continue until 11 PM.