Ice Storms and Falling Temperature Severely Affects Truck Deliveries
Cold weather is always hard for the trucking industry. Roads are jammed and deliveries get delayed. Moreover, the safety incident and accident ratio is much high in the winter season, due to the condition of roads, the fog and snow. This year is no different. According to the National Weather Service, a cold front is predicted to plunge through the Upper Midwest/Upper Great Lakes Region, Northern Plains and the Ohio Valley. Snow is predicted to spread through the Appalachians to the Northeast, and the fast movement torrent of snowfall will advance across the Eastern United States, freezing everything in its path.
Another thing mentioned in the report was the conditions of the wind in the Great Lakes and the Northeast region, where heavy lake effect snow was forecasted to band the downwind of Ontario and Lake Erie. According to the last forecast, lake effect warnings are currently in effect for the Western and Upstate New York. The fleet companies and the delivery enterprises that were planning to deliver their goods before heavy snowfall started will be greatly affected by the change of plans. Although, the trucking operations will not cease completely, the harsh weather will most certainly prove to be a big obstacle, by causing delays in delivery time.
Loss in productivity and increase in time periods can mean a decrease in profit for companies, which is a fatal blow to an already slow season for the trucking corporations. Winter Weather Advisories have also issued a warning for the Eastern part of Lake Michigan and has predicted at least 1-3 feet of snow, with a wind of 40 mph, which can dangerously lower the visibility to a quarter mile at a time. This can greatly affect the driver’s vision and their performance. The arctic air mass will also result in low air pressure system that can produce 4-8 inches of snow in Maine on Tuesday night, which has put Maine directly under the watchful eye of the Winter Storm Watch.
The arctic air mass was also forecasted to cause temperatures as low as 25 degrees below normal in early January. Severe weather conditions in America have caused the trucking industry to take several precautionary measures, throughout the year, to prevent any safety incidents that can endanger the lives of the drivers and others. However, weather conditions can neither be diverted nor can they be avoided. This was evident, when an ice storm hit the western Canada, causing the Janie Davis Towing headquarters to lose communications and power.
Moreover, the collision between two rigs on highway 1 caused it to be shut down for 12 hours while the authorities were busy evacuating the remains and the goods from the road. To make matters worse, goods were splattered all over the area, even on the railroad tracks which prompted the railway traffic to be shut down. The ice storm crippled the road and highway system in the northern part of America causing severe difficulty to trucks which were travelling to/from Canada. – See more at: http://truckernews.com/ice-storms-and-falling-temperature-severely-affects-truck-deliveries-p642-90.htm#sthash.LkS0swyN.dpuf