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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Due to the inclement weather on Friday, February 27, 2015 all Dallas County offices will close at 3:30pm

After convening an additional call moments ago with the National Weather Service and due to dynamic and continuous traffic information, Dallas County Government Offices and Courts will close at 3:30 p.m. today. My decision is made in my capacity as Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. The National Weather Service is forecasting that the heaviest snowfall in Dallas County will end soon. It is TxDOT’s assessment that the road surface conditions will improve slightly when the precipitation lessens this afternoon. However, increasing rush hour traffic will lead to extreme gridlock.

It is my hope Dallas County employees and customers will miss the worst of the gridlock by leaving early and that other employers will likewise close early decreasing rush hour traffic in these challenging conditions. Please avoid unnecessary travel and if you must travel, please use extreme caution and allot extra time.

Tomorrow there is a chance of freezing precipitation with temperatures below freezing until around noon. Road conditions should improve late Saturday morning and throughout the day as a combination of rising temperatures, road pretreatment and vehicle traffic melt frozen precipitation. Please use extreme caution and allot extra time for travel.

Although TxDOT has treated most major highways, many secondary roads 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 may become icy despite pretreatment.

If you must drive today or 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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Dallas County Government Offices and Courts Delayed Opening until 10:00AM on Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Statement of Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins in Delaying Government Offices and Courts

After convening a call with the National Weather Service and many of our public and private partner agencies, I am delaying opening of Dallas County Government Offices and Courts tomorrow, Wednesday, February 25, 2015 until 10:00 a.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 slightly below freezing temperatures in Dallas County overnight with a high probability of snow in the morning. The heaviest snowfall is forecast between 3 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. We are expected to be well above freezing by 10:00 a.m. and road conditions should improve throughout the morning after sunrise as a combination of rising temperatures, road pretreatment and vehicle traffic melt snow accumulation. Please use extreme caution and allot extra time for travel.

Although TxDOT has treated most major highways, many secondary roads 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 may become icy despite pretreatment.

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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