Updated: 4:15 p.m.


ORANGE COUNTY, NC (January 21, 2016)–The Orange County Manager’s Office and Emergency Services Department are announcing the County offices will be closed on Friday, January 22.

The Governor of North Carolina has declared a State of Emergency.

Due to the winter storm causing freezing rain and an accumulation of more than two inches of snow, Orange County will be closed in the best interest and the safety of residents and County employees.

County offices are expected to be open on Monday, January 25, and employees will resume regular operating hours from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The Phone Bank Information line will be available today starting at 11:00 p.m. The number is 919.245.6111. Volunteers are available to answer questions about power outages and shelter locations. Shelters are not open at this time, but shelter personnel are on stand-by.

The Sportsplex will open at 11:00 a.m. on Friday. Curbside recycling will NOT be collected on Friday.  

County operations on Saturday are also suspended for the following departments:

  • Robert and Pearl Seymour Center in Chapel Hill
  • Orange County Public Library - Main, Carrboro McDougal and Cybrary
  • Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Center
  • Call the Parks & Recreation weather line to determine the status of programs: 919.245.2669
  • Animal Services will be closed on Saturday. The Rabies Clinic scheduled for Saturday, January 23, has been postponed to Saturday, January 30.  An Animal Control Officer will be on-call and the after- hours box will be checked. 

Orange County Emergency Services is monitoring the progression of the storm and continues to coordinate the response and recovery efforts with appropriate stakeholders. Residents are asked to stay home, until the roads are safe for travel.

Orange County Emergency Services will continue to monitor the roads throughout the day and post road condition updates on Twitter and Facebook: @ocncemergency and www.facebook.com/OCNCEmergency

Drivers who encounter hazardous road conditions can report the locations on Orange County's social media by going to: www.Twitter.com/OCNCGOV and www.Facebook.com/OCNCGOV. Please do not post messages while you are driving.

Safety tips, preparedness information and registration for the OC Alerts emergency notification system can be found at www.readyorange.org

For more information, please contact Kirby Saunders, Orange County Emergency Management Coordinator at 919.245.6100.