Howard County Public Schools announced all schools will be closed on Friday as a snow storm hit the area Thursday night and arctic winds begin to sweep into the region.
The National Weather Service issued a wind chill advisory until noon on Friday. The weather service predicts a below zero wind chill with gusts reaching as high as 40 mph Friday morning with sustained winds around 20 mph.
All evening activities in schools, both school-sponsored and community-sponsored, are also canceled including high school athletic practices and games.
Temperatures are expected to be in the teens or low twenties Friday.