Following a day of unprecedented rainfall in California, regions in the South are under flood alerts, while states in the northern areas are gearing up for icy conditions as the winter storm moves across the United States.
On Monday, an ice storm affected states from Oklahoma to Illinois, depositing over a quarter-inch of ice on roads, sidewalks, and trees. This storm is projected to advance into the Great Lakes area and certain parts of the Northeast on Tuesday. Fourteen states stretching from Arkansas to Pennsylvania are currently under weather alert due to a potentially hazardous winter storm. Most regions are anticipated to experience a thin layer of ice and receive 1 to 2 inches of snow.
Meanwhile, a significant warming trend is approaching for many Americans, with temperatures expected to exceed 40, 50, or even 60 degrees in parts of the Midwest and Northeast later this week.
Fuel Market Impact
Fuel markets have been impacted by the cold weather, with reports of gelling and transportation delays in various markets. Icy weather conditions in Oklahoma and Pennsylvania have made deliveries in those states particularly hazardous. In areas where cold weather has passed, transportation markets are now catching up with delayed deliveries.
At the refinery level, last week’s severe winter storm dumped snow across a broad part of the country, shutting a Gulf Coast refinery in Texas, triggering malfunctions at others, and halving North Dakota’s oil production.
Mansfield is operating at Code Orange, requesting 48-hours’ notice for new deliveries in Mississippi, Alabama, West Virginia, Kentucky, Montana, Illinois, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Tennessee.
Mansfield will continue to monitor market conditions and keep customers alerted as the situation progresses.
What does this mean for you?
Icy weather causing delays in your operations? If you operate a diesel fleet, it’s never too late to implement a winter weather strategy. Let the ColdPRO experts help you develop a plan, from proactive fuel treatment to tank testing to on-hand emergency liquefiers.
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