Pickerington Local School District officials have announced they will end the school day early Jan. 12 ahead of the arrival of a forecasted winter storm.

The announcement was made via the district website and social media that all schools would close two hours early Jan. 12 and extracurricular activities, such as sporting events, had been canceled.

Pickerington Schools will be closing two hours early today in anticipation of this afternoon's weather! Afternoon kindergarten and preschool are canceled. All after school extracurriculars are being canceled. Be safe!https://t.co/d3kgqtzCDqpic.twitter.com/WXffxjwdA4

— Pickerington Schools (@PLSD)January 12, 2018

To facilitate transportation for the early closings, the district said morning kindergarten students would not be released until the elementary schools dismiss at 2:05 p.m.

"Parents of those kindergarten students can stop at the schools to pick up their children if they wish," a district announcement on Twitter said.

The afternoon kindergarten session Jan. 12 also was canceled.