BUCKINGHAM COUNTY, Va. -- Close to a dozen school districts in Central Virginia are ending the school day early Friday because of the threat of severe weather.
Prince Edward County Schools will end the school day at 12 p.m. while Buckingham County Public Schools will dismiss classes at 12:30 p.m.
Colonial Heights Public Schools will dismiss in the following order - Colonial Heights High School at 11:10 a.m., Colonial Heights Middle School at 11:30 a.m., All elementary schools at 12:00 p.m.
Cumberland County Public Schools will dismiss at 12:00 p.m.
Dinwiddie County Public Schools - All secondary schools dismiss at 11:00 a.m. Elementary schools dismiss at 12:00 p.m.
Goochland County Public School will dismiss at 11:30 a.m.
Hanover County public Schools will dismiss two hours early. All after-school activities have been cancelled.
King William Schools will dismiss at 12:30 p.m. All after-school activities have been cancelled.
Nottoway County Public Schools will dismiss at 11:00am
Petersburg City public Schools will dismiss three hours early.
Officials with all the districts say that the dismissals are being initiated because of "anticipated severe weather."
The powerful storm system, responsible for widespread severe weather across the central and southern United States, will move into Virginia on Friday.
There will be clusters of occasional thunderstorms throughout the day. Some of the first severe storms could occur by midday.
Storm chances will increase during the afternoon and evening. Some of the strongest storms may occur with squall line moving through between 8 p.m. and 2 a.m.
The entire CBS 6 viewing area is under at least a slight risk of severe weather, but an enhanced risk of severe weather has been expanded northward to include much of the Richmond metro area and central Virginia.
Click here for more on the hour-by-hour timing of when we could see damaging winds and possible tornadoes Friday.