California is still requiring chains in some areas as of this morning.
New Mexico and Arizona will see strong winds today with sustained winds expected between 30-35 MPH with gusting to 55 MPH possible.
Severe weather is likely to break out today and tonight in Missouri, eastern Kansas, much of Oklahoma and northeastern Texas. The greatest chance of tornadoes will be in eastern Kansas and northwestern Missouri, but could extend beyond these areas as well. These strong storms will reach to near Chicago and Indianapolis by this evening. Gusty winds, large hail, heavy rain and isolated tornadoes are possible threats.
A storm is moving onshore into California and Oregon now bringing strong winds, rain and mountain snow as far south as the mountains north of Los Angeles. I-5, I-80, US 395 and other roads will be impacted by snow between now and early Wednesday morning. I-5 is expected to see 4-6 inches in the northern section near the Oregon border. I-80 over Donner Pass at the Nevada border is expecting a foot of snow. US 395 is expecting to see 6-10 inches along and west of it with the worst conditions likely tonight into early Wednesday morning. Chains may be needed at these and other points. I-5 over Grapevine Pass just north of Los Angeles could see a dusting of snow up to 4500 feet with 2-4 inches above 5500 feet. Winds will be sustained in the 25-35 MPH range gusting to near 50 in much of the southwest today.
The greatest chance of severe thunderstorms will be in central Illinois, western Missouri and eastern Kansas today.
CalArk is proud to announce the release of ‘notifications’ through the Pegasus TransTech’s Transflo Moblie+ application. Currently ‘notifications’ include most messages sent to the Omnitracs unit allowing drivers to view these messages while being away from the cab. Also in the near future, two-way messaging will be available so that pre-plan commitments, load confirmations and replies to freeform messages will allow further communication outside of the cab. Drivers are encouraged to download the app for their iPhone or Android devices to take advantage of this and other features in the app.
The weather focus will switch from the east coast to the western half of the U S today. Currently a storm is forming in the Four Corners area, and North Texas is experiencing snow. This storm will move east and north today and this weekend. Colorado will see snow measured by the foot Saturday in some areas. Heavy snow will likely fall in an area roughly defined as north of St Louis and Indianapolis to south of Chicago and on to Detroit, where 6-12 inches is forecast Saturday night into Sunday, and move into the New England states by Sunday evening. There is likely to be a band of mixed precipitation within 150 miles south of that line. Please keep in mind these are approximations, and conditions will vary by location.
· Parts of Texas is seeing snow falling and roads getting worse in those areas. The Dallas metro area is expected to see a couple inches of snow between now and Saturday night.
· New Mexico has seen snow and is reporting difficult in affected areas
· Colorado has chains required over all major passes. This area is in bad shape now and will get worse between over the weekend and into Monday, when one to two feet of snow is expected.
· Oregon will see snow, with 6-10 inches expected in some areas.
· California will see 6-12 inches fall over Donner Pass between now and Saturday night.
Subzero temperatures and freezing winds are nothing to chance when it comes to winter driving. Ice on the road means dangerous conditions. If you’re driving on ice, you won’t know until you need to stop. The PUCO offers these five tips to help you when traveling on Ohio's roadways this winter.
Trailer Coupling and Pre-Trip Inspections Within a 60 day period, 2 trailers uncoupled from the tractors pulling them after they left the BP Lubricants Port Allen, LA facility. Both tractor trailers uncoupled after having traveled approximately ½ mile on Westport Drive. The landing gear from the trailer involved in the first accident actually became wedged between the tractor frame and the tandem axle and prevented it from tipping over. In the second accident the driver stated he felt the trailer coming loose and he was able to stop before the trailer became completely disengaged. Luckily, the trailer stayed upright because the nose of the trailer was still resting on the frame of the tractor when the driver stopped. Both of these accidents involved experienced drivers. However, neither driver followed proper coupling or pre-trip inspection procedures before leaving the BP site. The driver’s admitted to this in their statements and a review of video from the security cameras on-site, provided confirmation. Both drivers stated that it “sounded” like the fifth wheel locked when they backed under the trailer but they never did a tug test or a visual check. Fortunately, no one was injured and there were no other vehicles involved in either accident. However, an internet search will quickly reveal that this type of accident all too often ends in injury or fatality. Just this year a tractor separated from its trailer while traveling on US 50 in Ohio. The trailer slid into the opposing lane and was hit by 2 oncoming vehicles. Both drivers who hit the trailer were killed. Pre-trip inspections and coupling of trailers is a basic skill required of any professional driver. A driver should NEVER cut corners and assume the trailer is properly coupled because it “sounded” like it was.
The following is a list of generally accepted coupling procedures and are offered in many state CDL training manuals. As there are differences in equipment, use these only as general guidelines and always learn the details on the proper coupling procedures for the equipment you are using.
Below depicts sections of the country that are or will be experiencing extreme cold weather that will include snow and ice conditions. If you will be operating in the areas displayed, be aware that you may be stopped or slowed to reach your destination because of the bad weather.
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The Eastern U S is preparing for what is expected by some to be the biggest storm of the season for many areas in the Northeast, with record conditions possible. Travel will be impact not just by snowfall, but also by high winds, and blizzard conditions are likely in many areas.