When DART, DFW, Dallas Courts and DISD Close Up, You Know It's a ... Cat-ice-strophe!

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The view from the High Five at 7:30 a.m.
Nothing short of the End of Days gets the Dallas Independent School District to close its doors. But well before 5 a.m., the district made up its mind and told the kiddos to stay at home. Or: "Debido al mal tiempo, las escuelas del Dallas ISD están cerradas hoy." Which is why mine's still asleep, apparently.

Dallas Area Rapid Transit is likewise suffering its own frozen-day meltdown. From DART, this heed-to regarding suspension of service:
All DART services are experiencing major delays due to deteriorating weather conditions. The timing, speed and intensity of the ice storm is affecting our ability to prevent ice buildup and restore service. Trinity Railway Express is delayed up to an hour this morning. We're working to try and reduce the delays.

The I-30W HOV lane, I-30E HOV lane, southbound US 75 HOV lane at the High Five & I-35/67 HOV lane are closed.
Dallas/Fort Worth Airport's website is down; the airport itself is just closed.

The city of Dallas also just sent word:
Due to inclement weather, all municipal court dockets, including Community Courts, are canceled today. Jurors do not need to appear today. Today's cases will be reset and those individuals will be notified of new dates.
Also slow-moving this morning: TxDOT's traffic cameras website. Just stay home. So much for Sam making it to Dallas County Commissioners Court this morning. Shame -- and word is, John Wiley Price had metal detectors put in for today's meetin'.
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CoClerk
CoClerk

The Dallas courthouses were NOT closed. The courts were closed, the judges stayed home, but the hard-working clerks were expected to be at their post. Thanks Gary Fitzsimmons, John Warren, and Clay Jenkins!

Stanton2
Stanton2

"Nothing short of the End of Days gets the Dallas Independent School District to close its doors."

Give me a break. It's not the weather that closed the schools. Just the fact that people in Dallas are not equipped to handle it!

DISD Teacher
DISD Teacher

Here's the funny thing about "snow" days (I tell my students they should really be called "ice" days bc that's the only way DISD cancels): My students act like snow days are an oasis in the desert, the Holy Grail, and the missing link all rolled in one. The day before a potential "snow" day, their eyes sparkle with anticipation and hope. They ask me repeatedly what I think the odds are that schools will close.

It never occurs to them that they can actually stay home any day they want or that many of them have had so many absences already I have to sign truancy forms before each class.

And it's not the weather they're looking forward to: it's school being canceled.

I think we shouldn't tell them we have a Spring Break. I think the Friday before it, the district should go on the news and say that, due to the kids' hard work, the district had decided to give them a WEEK OFF. The kids would go crazy. Or we could call their house every morning of Spring Break at 4:45 am and tell them school had been canceled for the day.

LaceyB
LaceyB

How long did it take you to copy that Spanish correctly into this item? Muy bueno!

Ms. Moxie
Ms. Moxie

Cat-ice-strophe is nice, but I still prefer Icepocolypse.

shrubstex
shrubstex

It is sort of fun when you realize the reporters on storm duty at the High Five or other mixmasters in DFW, actually seem to be enjoying the fact that the story is actually much more newsworthy than their previous stints in the same spots through the years. . My favorite in past years was a reporter trying to find some "black" ice to show the viewers. By definition black ice is usually invisible to the eye hence called black because you can see the asphalt through it.

Bill Holston
Bill Holston

I took DART into work. The 164 and Bus routes were working and right on time. Read the paper. Man, it's cold out there though.

LadyLee
LadyLee

I guess your a pro at driving on ice through high ass over passes--but your right people in Dallas cant handle it, but its usually just the driving without ice is a challenge for most of them!

shrubstex
shrubstex

Icescapade 2011, sleet-0-rama, Iceogeddon, Superbowl Superstorm

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

At 11:23 last night, two glasses of Marker's Mark in, "cat-ice-strophe" sounded brilliant. Alas.

us175guy
us175guy

Marker's Mark?? Just 2 glasses, RW? :D

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