NEWS ALERT: Severe weather may be worse than expected

Photo by Bill Strickland

Photo by Bill Strickland

The worst of the weather is expected to hit the southwest part of the state around 6 a.m. Wednesday morning and move on out by mid to late afternoon, weather officials told emergency authorities during a conference call Tuesday afternoon.

Locally, officials in at least one area school district are watching the developments closely, they say, and will make a decision during the overnight hours on whether to keep facilities open Wednesday.

"It's something I've been watching and I know Dr. Whately has been watching," R.D. Harter, spokesperson for the Dougherty County School System said. "A decision likely won't come until the overnight hours though."