“At 4:00pm on Tuesday, December 30th, County Judge Clay Jenkins, County Administrator Darryl Martin and officials from the Dallas County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management had a conference call with Tom Bradshaw of the National Weather Service. Based on the most current weather information, it is not anticipated that there will be a need to deviate from normal Dallas County work hours this week.
It is expected that temperatures will dip slightly below freezing tonight but not enough to cause widespread road problems. It’s possible we’ll receive precipitation on New Year’s Eve and likely the morning of New Year’s Day; however, temperatures are not anticipated to be low enough to cause widespread problems on the Eastern side of the metroplex. Conditions are expected to be worse west of Dallas County. Please exercise caution on the roadways and we wish everyone a very happy and safe New Year.”
After DISD made its decision to close Monday I conferred with leaders at NWS,DISD,TxDOT, my staff and county administration. Based on information received from those sources, I am amending my previous broadcast and ordering a delayed opening at 10 a.m. for Monday, March 3, 2014.
Employees should exercise extreme caution and their best judgement in traveling. TxDOT expects overall conditions on area roadways will be passable but speeds will likely need to be significantly reduced. Allow more time to travel tomorrow morning. We have reports of icy conditions in Southeast Dallas County that have resulted in several vehicles losing control. Patchy ice on secondary roads and overpasses throughout the county should be anticipated and ice on non secondary roads is possible.
The NWS is forecasting that further precipitation is unlikely tonight but precipitation on the roads after sundown will continue to freeze due to the very low temperatures. Primary issues in several decisions to close schools were extremely cold wind chills in the morning and early morning employee travel into Dallas County from the surrounding counties. DISD and others are opening their administrative offices at 10.
TxDot and others will continue to monitor and sand the roads. Temperatures are expected to remain below freezing until tomorrow afternoon and therefore icy conditions could remain; particularly on neighborhood and secondary streets. There is also a possibility ice will form on some overpasses and non secondary roadways. Please use appropriate caution when driving.
Our team at Homeland Security and Emergency Management is committed to keeping you safe and informed. We will continue to monitor the weather throughout the night and update you as appropriate.
Dallas County Judge
[Dallas, TX] – [This is an advisory to inform residents of Dallas County, that anyone who lives in Dallas County who owns property (as a primary residence) or a business in areas affected by the severe weather that occurred May 15, 2013, are eligible for a Disaster Assistance Loan through the SBA. If you fit the criteria, you are urged to call or visit any of the three outreach centers (Ellis County, Johnson County and Hood County) in the press release below. You may also call the SBA’s Customer Service 800 line or email them for a Disaster Loan Application Form and information. See bottom of the press release below for contact details.]
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