Schools in the Brainerd lakes area Friday morning began announcing early dismissals as the expected snowstorm approaches the area.

Brainerd Public Schools will dismiss two hours early Friday, Jan. 17. Brainerd’s KinderClub, Fun N Friends and senior leaders will remain open until 6 p.m., however, parents are encouraged to pick up their children as early as possible. All after-school activities and events are canceled, including any Community Education activities and programs.

Area school include:

  • Bertha-Hewitt School District - ISD 786: Childcare closing at 12:30
  • Brainerd Public Schools - ISD 181:2 hour early dismissal.
  • Crosslake Community School: Blood Drive Canceled and No Kids Care
  • Discovery Woods Montessori: Closing at 12:30 PM. No After Care
  • Isle Public School: Closing at 12:30 PM. Evening Activities Canceled - Ice Rink Closed
  • Little Falls - ISD 482: Closing at 12:00 PM. Evening Activities Canceled
  • Menahga Schools - ISD 821: No after school activities or PM preschool
  • Milaca Public Schools - ISD 912: Closing at 12:30 PM. No PM Preschool - No PM Activities
  • Mora Schools - ISD 332: Closing 3 hours early on 1-17-20. All Evening activities cancelled on 1-17-20
  • Nay Ah Shing School: Closing at 12:00 PM
  • Nevis School District - ISD 308: Closing at 12:30 PM. Evening Activities Canceled
  • Onamia Public Schools - ISD 480: Closing at 12:15 PM
  • Park Rapids School - ISD 309: Closing at 11:00 AM. Evening Activities Canceled
  • Paynesville Area Schools: Closing at 11:10 AM. All afternoon and evening activities cancelled Friday, January 17.
  • Pierz - ISD 484: Closing at 11:50 AM. Friday Activities Cancelled
  • Pillager - ISD 116: Closing at 1:00 PM. No After School or Evening Activities
  • Pillager Area Charter School: Closing at 1:00 PM
  • Pine River-Backus - ISD 2174: Closing at 1:00 PM. Evening Activities Canceled
  • Royalton Schools - ISD 485: Closing at 12:00 PM. Evening Activities Canceled
  • Sebeka Area Schools - ISD 820: Closing at 12:30 PM
  • Staples-Motley Schools - ISD 2170: Closing at 12:30 PM. No evening activities
  • Swanville Public Schools - ISD 486: Closing at 12:00 PM. Evening Activities Canceled - Friday January 17
  • Upsala - ISD 487: Closing at 12:00 PM. Evening Activities Canceled
  • Verndale Schools - ISD 818: Closing at 12:30 PM. Activities Canceled - No Elementary Basketball Saturday.
  • Wadena-Deer Creek - ISD 2155: D.A.C., A.L.C. - ISD 2155: Closing at 12:15 PM

The National Weather Service in Duluth Friday morning reported the snow is expected to make its way to the Brainerd lakes and Walker areas closer to noon, not 10 a.m. as previously forecast.

The snowstorm is moving north westerly and will hit the Grand Rapids area around 2 p.m., Virginia and Big Falls area around 4 p.m.

Continue to check www.brainerddispatch.com to see any more updates if more schools in the area announce dismissals or weather announcements.