Winter Storm – Code ORANGE

By Published On: February 13, 2024Categories: Alerts

A powerful winter storm is hitting areas from eastern Pennsylvania to Massachusetts today. Around 46 million people are under winter alerts. Snowfall rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour have been reported in the greater New York City area, according to the National Weather Service. Heavier snow with potential rates of 2 to 3 inches per hour will be possible across eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and up through northern Connecticut and Rhode Island.

More than 135,000 utility customers in Pennsylvania were left without power this morning, while major airports like LaGuardia Airport experienced mass flight cancellations. Alongside heavy snowfall, wind gusts of 30 to 40 mph are expected, posing the risk of minor to moderate coastal flooding during high tide.

The storm comes amid a notable snow drought in the Northeast, with cities like Boston, New York City, and Pittsburgh experiencing significant snowfall deficits for the season. Syracuse, New York, has seen its lowest season-to-date total in 91 years, highlighting the unusual winter patterns gripping the region. As the Nor’easter continues its trajectory through the Northeast, residents are advised to stay updated on weather alerts and exercise caution while navigating the challenging conditions.


Fuel Market Impact

Severe weather is delaying fuel deliveries in the area since fuel trucks cannot safely operate when wind speeds exceed 35-45 mph. Flooding, snow, and debris are making deliveries difficult for certain locations. Expect the storm to cause extended delivery times, stretching carrier capacity. Wind and ice could also bring damage to local fuel terminals – though no damage is currently expected.

Mansfield is operating at Code Orange in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut, requesting at least 48-hour notice of new deliveries in the affected areas.

Mansfield has moved New Hampshire to Code Yellow, requesting at least 24-hour notice of new deliveries in this area. New York is under Code Green, with normal delivery procedures. This decision comes as trucks have been operating without any reported difficulties across these states.

Mansfield will continue to monitor market conditions and keep customers alerted as the situation progresses.

This article is part of Alerts


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