Statement of Dallas County Judge, Clay Jenkins – Government Offices and Courts Will Be Open Regular Hours Tomorrow, Friday, March 6, 2015

After convening a call with the National Weather Service and several of our public and private partner agencies moments ago, Dallas County Government Offices and Courts will be open tomorrow, Friday, March 6, 2015. My decision was made in my capacity as Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. The decision is based in large part on the National Weather Service’s forecast of below freezing temperatures in Dallas County overnight without additional precipitation forecast for tonight or tomorrow. Road conditions may worsen this evening until sunrise tomorrow and morning conditions could be slow as accumulation remaining on the roads will likely refreeze in areas overnight. We expect tomorrow to be sunny with temperatures rising above freezing by 8:00 a.m. Road conditions should improve throughout the morning after sunrise as a combination of rising temperatures, road treatment and vehicle traffic melt any remaining  Please allot extra time and use extra caution.

TxDot and NTTA efforts will focus on major highways and freeways. Some secondary roads will remain untreated and neighborhood streets, shady areas and little used roads will likely see greater problems with refreezing overnight.  Road treatment is ongoing and will continue throughout the event, but it will not be possible to treat all secondary routes.Freeways and overpasses could be icy despite treatment.

If you must drive late tonight or early tomorrow morning, please allot extra time and use extreme caution. Carry an ice scraper, water, blankets and emergency items. Our team at Homeland Security and Emergency Management and our first responder community will be on the job throughout the event to keep you safe. Please help us by avoiding unnecessary travel and exercising precautions on icy or snowy surfaces.

Stay warm, dry and safe,

Clay Jenkins,
Dallas County Judge

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Statement of Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins in Delaying Government Offices and Courts for Thursday, March 5, 2015 until 12:00 p.m.

After convening a call with the National Weather Service and several of our public and private partner agencies, I am delaying opening of Dallas County Government Offices and Courts tomorrow, Thursday, March 5, 2015 until 12:00 p.m. My decision was made in my capacity as Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. The decision is based in large part on the National Weather Service’s forecast of below freezing temperatures in Dallas County overnight with a high probability of freezing precipitation tonight and in the predawn morning. The heaviest precipitation is forecast between 10:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m.

Road conditions will continue to worsen throughout the evening until sunrise tomorrow and morning conditions will be slow and icy in areas. We are expected to be above freezing by late morning. Road conditions should improve throughout the morning after sunrise as a combination of rising temperatures, road treatment and vehicle traffic melt accumulation. Please avoid unnecessary travel and use extreme caution. Please allot significant extra time for travel.

TxDOT and NTTA efforts will focus on major highways and treatment options are limited until the precipitation stops. Many secondary roads will remain untreated.  In Dallas County, secondary roads carry significant traffic. Road treatment is ongoing and will continue throughout the event, but it will not be possible to treat all secondary routes and freeways and overpasses will become icy despite treatment.

If you must drive tomorrow, please allot extra time and use extreme caution. Carry an ice scraper, water, blankets and emergency items. Our team at Homeland Security and Emergency Management and our first responder community will be on the job throughout the event to keep you safe. Please help us by avoiding unnecessary travel and exercising precautions on icy or snowy surfaces.

Stay warm, dry and safe,

Clay Jenkins
Dallas County Judge

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Statement of Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins on Wednesday, March 4/Thursday, March 5, 2015 Weather Conditions

I convened a call with the National Weather Service and many of our public and private partner agencies today in anticipation of deteriorating weather conditions. The National Weather Service is forecasting rain throughout the rest of the day that will transition to freezing rain starting around 7-8pm and then to sleet and snow throughout the late evening and early morning hours. Dallas County Government Offices and Courts will remain open for regular operating hours today. There is a strong possibility we may have a delayed opening or closure tomorrow, Thursday, March 5th.

We will make announcements regarding any changes in operating hours or closures for Thursday as early as tonight if the forecast confidence is high.  My decision will be made in my capacity as Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. The decision will be based in large part on the National Weather Service’s forecast and TxDOT’s assessment of the driving conditions. Please avoid unnecessary travel later this evening and tomorrow morning and when you travel please use extreme caution and allot extra time.

THURSDAY MORNING –  There is a high likelihood of freezing precipitation Wednesday night with temperatures below freezing until around noon Thursday. Road conditions will be affected and won’t likely improve until late Thursday morning continuing throughout the day as a combination of rising temperatures, road pretreatment and vehicle traffic melt snow. Please use extreme caution and allot extra time for travel.

TxDOT will attempt to pretreat roads with brine; however, due to ongoing rain their ability to do so and the effect of treatment will be limited. Road treatment is ongoing and Thursday morning treatments will primarily be sanding operations.

If you drive Wednesday evening or Thursday, please allot extra time and use extreme caution. Carry an ice scraper, water, blankets and emergency items. Our team at Homeland Security and Emergency Management and our first responder community will be on the job throughout the event to keep you safe. Please help us by avoiding unnecessary travel and exercising precautions on icy or snowy surfaces.

Stay warm, dry and safe.

Dallas County Judge
Clay Jenkins

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Judge Clay Jenkins Statement on Impending Inclement Weather, Wednesday, March 4, 2015

I convened a call with the National Weather Service and many of our public and private partner agencies today in anticipation of deteriorating weather conditions during the afternoon rush hour tomorrow, Wednesday, March 4th. The National Weather Service is forecasting rain tomorrow afternoon turning to freezing rain or sleet in the late afternoon and evening. Dallas County Government Offices and Courts will open at the regular time tomorrow but there is a strong possibility we may close early if afternoon weather conditions warrant an early closure.

We hope to have a clearer picture in the morning and I will try to make a decision by noon. My decision will be made in my capacity as Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. The decision will be based in large part on the National Weather Service’s forecast and TxDOT’s assessment of the driving conditions. Please avoid unnecessary travel tomorrow late afternoon and evening, and when you travel please use extreme caution and allot extra time.

THURSDAY MORNING – There is a high likelihood of freezing precipitation Wednesday night with temperatures below freezing until around noon Thursday. Road conditions will be affected and won’t likely improve until late Thursday morning continuing throughout the day as a combination of rising temperatures, road pretreatment and vehicle traffic melt snow. Please use extreme caution and allot extra time for travel. We will make announcements regarding any changes in operating hours or closures for Thursday as early as tomorrow if the forecast confidence is high.

TxDOT will attempt to pretreat roads with brine; however, due to ongoing rain their ability to do so and the effect of treatment will be limited. Road treatment is ongoing and Thursday morning treatments will primarily be sanding operations.

If you drive Wednesday evening or Thursday, please allot extra time and use extreme caution. Carry an ice scraper, water, blankets and emergency items. Our team at Homeland Security and Emergency Management and our first responder community will be on the job throughout the event to keep you safe. Please help us by avoiding unnecessary travel and exercising precautions on icy or snowy surfaces.

Stay warm, dry and safe,

Clay Jenkins
Dallas County Judge

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