Anderson County schools to release at 10:30 a.m.

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By Shannon Brock

Anderson County schools are releasing at 10:30 a.m. today to get students home before the heaviest part of a winter storm hits, said Larry Basham, assistant superintendent.

"We've been up since 3:30 watching TV, and we've been out to the ambulance service to check the radar," Basham said. "And this morning, we made the decision to go (to school). But it started snowing and sleeting, so we've made the decision to go home at 10:30."

Basham said forecasts had predicted the weather would be worse this afternoon.

"It's hard to go on a prediction," he said. "They were calling for rain until the afternoon, but the temperature dropped and it started snowing."

Basham said if given the chance to do it over, students probably wouldn't have gone to school today.

"It's a tough call," he said.

According to the National Weather Service, Anderson County is under a winter storm warning until 4 p.m. Saturday. A total snow accumulation of six to 10 inches is expected by Saturday afternoon.