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,
Dallas County Judge