GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Grand Rapids Public Schools will have a snow day on Friday.

“WE CALL IT,” GRPS Superintendent Lydrian Roby said in a tweet.

Several schools throughout West Michigan have announced they will be closed Friday, including Kalamazoo Public Schools and all Kent County Public Schools.

Closures come as the first snowstorm of the season falls to Western Michigan. Allegan, Barry, Calhoun, Eaton, Ionia, Kalamazoo, Kent, Ottawa and Van Buren counties are under winter storm warning to 7 a.m. Saturday. A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for the rest of West Michigan.

“These decisions are never easy. We know that every school day is important for our students and we look forward to seeing them in the classroom, but safety always comes first, Robbie said in announcement. “We’re hoping the weather is favorable for a return to class on Monday morning. In the meantime, we encourage our scientists to stay safe and enjoy your snow day!”

Drivers are warned to give yourself extra time on your Friday commute.

“We expect it to be drivable, but probably at half speed. So if it normally takes you 15 minutes to get to work, give yourself 30. Or if it takes 30, give yourself an hour,” Kent County Commission Deputy Managing Director of Operations Jerry Byrne told News 8.

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