Schools Closed Early on Thursday out of Safety Concerns for Local School Buses as Wind Speeds Reached 45 MPH Between 3PM and 4:50PM

Feb 18, 2022 at 07:27 am by WGNS

High winds were the biggest concern going into Thursday (yesterday, 2/17/22), as both Rutherford County and Murfreesboro City Schools announced that they’d be closing three hours earlier than usual (yesterday, 2/17/2022). The goal was to make sure that students, especially those who ride a school bus, made it home safely before the high winds hit, according to Murfreesboro City Schools Spokesperson Lisa Trail…

Trail said that schools worked hard to ensure that children had lunch before leaving early. 

On Thursday afternoon, the average wind speed between 3 PM and 4:50 PM was 16.2-miles-per-hour with wind gusts up to 45-miles-per-hour. Those speeds were recorded during some of the key school bus drop off times in Rutherford County.  

There was also a lot of rain that plagued the Rutherford County area on Thursday afternoon. In fact, the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office had to close some flooded roadways. Kedron Church Road near Stewarts Creek Middle and High Schools was one of those flooded roadways.

On a side note, Murfreesboro City Schools are closed today (Friday, 2/18/22) for a teacher in-service day and all Rutherford County and Murfreesboro City Schools will be closed on Monday for President's Day (2/21/22).

Below video from the RCSO:

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