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,
Dallas County Judge