Montgomery County Public Schools has closed schools and offices on Friday as a storm brings high-speed winds into the area.

MCPS made the announcement at about 4:45 a.m. All activities in school buildings are also canceled, according to the notification.

Friday had been an early-release day for students. 

The federal government has closed its D.C.-area offices on Friday because of the emergency weather conditions, and Montgomery County is offering “liberal leave” to its non-essential employees. Essential county employees must still report for work, a news release stated.

The National Weather Service has issued a high-wind warning through 6 a.m. Saturday. A weather service meteorologist said wind gusts could reach 60 or 70 mph around midday Friday.