Make no mistake, winter plays a big part of our daily lives. When you are involved in the transportation industry, it can have a huge impact! Icy roads can cause accidents and delays, increasing the demand for carriers. Here in Southwestern Pennsylvania, with our first snowfall on record books, we can say that winter is coming.
This morning many of us woke to much colder temperatures than normal. Fifteen states from Tennessee to Maine are under winter storm warnings or winter weather advisories. More than 70 million people could see accumulated snow from Colorado to Maine. A quick moving storm moved from the Midwest causing problems for commuters across the area.
So far this fall has brought us near record highs in parts of the Northeast, with some areas breaking through 90 degrees. Leaving many to feel that we may continue to have a warmer fall and maybe even a milder winter. However, if you take a look at the forecast we could start to see a drop rather quickly. With next week’s forecast showing evening temperature drops to the low 40’s, we could see the need for winterized fuel approach sooner rather than later.
Monday September 23, 2019 was officially the first day of autumn. It won’t be long before overnight temperatures in the northeast drop into the 30’s and begin to impact vehicle operating performance. The winter season will soon follow and bring us the annual snow, ice, and freezing rain that will make travelling on the highways an adventure.
Across North America, temperature fluctuations, refinery turnarounds, and pipeline disruptions have created supply challenges getting petroleum to market. When refineries shut down for maintenance there is always a potential for a supply shortage in the effected markets, couple that with increased demand due to weather and all of a sudden a long (plenty of product) market becomes a short (scant amounts of product) market.