Dallas County: Thursday night winter storm update

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by TERESA WOODARD

WFAA

Posted on December 6, 2013 at 12:36 AM

DALLAS COUNTY -- Most of the highways and roadways through Dallas remained passable as of 10 p.m. Thursday, as the bulk of the precipitation that fell here was rain. But wet conditions have the potential to turn into sheets of ice overnight.  And more freezing precipitation is in the forecast.

The City of Dallas activated its “Ice Force One” late Thursday afternoon, with 35 sanding trucks and about 100 staff members prepared to work 12-hour shifts through the weekend. If ice develops and conditions worsen, the second level “Ice Force Two,” which would double equipment and manpower, will be activated.

TxDOT deployed several trucks to scout the conditions throughout Dallas, finding some trouble on I-635 near I-30.

The city’s interim director of the Department of Street Services, Dennis Ware told the public to stay home Friday, if at all possible.

“If you don’t have to get out, do not get out,” he said.

While the Children’s Medical Center Holiday Parade has been canceled for Saturday, the city said it is in constant communication with organizers and promoters of the Dallas Marathon, still scheduled to run Sunday morning.

“We want to give the race every opportunity to occur, yet being mindful to what the weather may bring us,” said Deputy Chief Michael Genovesi of the Dallas Police Department.

He said the course will be evaluated several times between now and race time, with a final call coming no later than Saturday.

“Our primary interest in making sure that event, if it goes off, is done safely," he said. "Public safety will be our guiding concern.”

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