The following is a statement emailed to the North Coast Citizen from Tillamook County Commissioner Mark Labhart:
The Board of Commissioners this afternoon voted based upon the weather forecast for tomorrow to close all non-essential offices for the entire day, Thursday, December 8th.
The decision was based upon the forecast and consultation with Gordon McCraw, our Emergency Manager and Meteorologist who has been in contact all day with the National Weather Service. We have decided to error on the side of caution for the safety of our employees and the General Public who would be doing business with the County.
In addition, by order of the Presiding Judge, all State Court functions will also be closed tomorrow. The storm is going to hit Tillamook County tomorrow likely in the morning with possible snow followed by freezing rain and then eventually turning to all rain sometime later in the day on Thursday.
As we all know forecasting is just that and the timing and duration could change but the National Weather Service is quite clear that we will get some severe conditions during the day tomorrow. Thus the decision by the Board of Commissioners to close all non-essential County offices.
Wish our County Emergency Services and City, State and County Road Crews luck tomorrow as they all work to provide valuable services to our citizens.
Chair, Tillamook County Board of Commissioners