• DATVF.VWU
    1.570
    0.029
    1.9%
  • DATVF.LAXDAL
    1.584
    0.040
    2.6%
  • DATVF.DALLAX
    0.864
    0.024
    2.9%
  • DATVF.PHLCHI
    0.948
    0.025
    2.7%
  • DATVF.LAXSEA
    2.030
    -0.025
    -1.2%
  • DATVF.SEALAX
    1.110
    0.084
    8.2%
  • DATVF.VEU
    1.507
    0.019
    1.3%
  • DATVF.ATLPHL
    1.642
    0.002
    0.1%
  • DATVF.VSU
    1.224
    0.032
    2.7%
  • DATVF.CHIATL
    1.932
    0.031
    1.6%
  • DATVF.VNU
    1.434
    0.027
    1.9%
  • ITVI.USA
    9,884.260
    76.830
    0.8%
  • OTRI.USA
    6.160
    0.460
    8.1%
  • OTVI.USA
    9,876.200
    74.110
    0.8%
  • TLT.USA
    2.570
    0.000
    0%
  • WAIT.USA
    150.000
    0.000
    0%
  • DATVF.VWU
    1.570
    0.029
    1.9%
  • DATVF.LAXDAL
    1.584
    0.040
    2.6%
  • DATVF.DALLAX
    0.864
    0.024
    2.9%
  • DATVF.PHLCHI
    0.948
    0.025
    2.7%
  • DATVF.LAXSEA
    2.030
    -0.025
    -1.2%
  • DATVF.SEALAX
    1.110
    0.084
    8.2%
  • DATVF.VEU
    1.507
    0.019
    1.3%
  • DATVF.ATLPHL
    1.642
    0.002
    0.1%
  • DATVF.VSU
    1.224
    0.032
    2.7%
  • DATVF.CHIATL
    1.932
    0.031
    1.6%
  • DATVF.VNU
    1.434
    0.027
    1.9%
  • ITVI.USA
    9,884.260
    76.830
    0.8%
  • OTRI.USA
    6.160
    0.460
    8.1%
  • OTVI.USA
    9,876.200
    74.110
    0.8%
  • TLT.USA
    2.570
    0.000
    0%
  • WAIT.USA
    150.000
    0.000
    0%
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First snow of the season hitting interior Northeast (forecast video)

A cold front is producing the first snowstorm of the season for interior portions of the Northeast and New England. It won’t be a major storm, but it may be just bad enough to slow down truckers delivering to these areas.

Snowfall timing and amounts

SONAR Critical Events: Thursday, November 7, 10:00 a.m. EDT

The storm will move into areas of upstate New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine and adjacent areas of Canada the rest of today and this evening, November 7. Then, the snow will head south toward coastal New England overnight. However, temperatures will be too warm for snow to develop in most coastal communities. Some snowfall may extend as far south as State College and Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania, as well as Morgantown, West Virginia.

Snowfall will be heavy at times, but should amount to normal accumulations for the first storm of the season in this part of the country. This is what Brooke Taber, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service (NWS) in Burlington, Vermont, told FreightWaves. Totals will only reach two inches or so in many of the valleys, up to four inches in some mid-slopes, and six to eight inches in some of the highest elevations of the Green and White mountains.

Taber said the snow may be wet at first, gradually turning dry and fluffy. As winds pick up tonight, blowing and drifting snow could lead to reduced visibility. Taber added that this storm is “right on schedule” for the first of the season, just a week earlier than the average mid-November arrival.

Impact on freight

Since this is a fast-moving system, the total period of impacts will be fairly brief — approximately 24 hours. However, during the storm, the combination of snow and wind will give drivers a tough time on portions of I-87, I-91, I-95 and the Trans-Canada Highway. There’s a good chance of delays due to reduced speeds, possible traffic jams and potential road closures that could last several hours. The storm could also slow down the loading and unloading of freight at some intermodal ramps, and potential flight delays and cancellations may impact air cargo in the region.

SONAR Ticker: OTVI

Disruptions to business operations and supply chains will be confined to the areas in the storm’s impact zone. On a national level, the storm’s impact on freight should be negligible at the most. According to the latest data in the FreightWaves SONAR map above, there’s not much outbound freight volume (OTVI) leaving the markets that are in the path of the storm.

Other areas of wintry weather today

As shown on the map near the top, lake effect snowfall will continue to crank across parts of lower Michigan today and tonight, north of Cadillac and Manistee, in addition to eastern parts of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Lake effect snowfall will also hit northwestern Pennsylvania, along I-79 from Erie to Meadville. Many of these areas could see four to eight inches of accumulation.

Watch out for freezing rain and icy conditions today from Amarillo, Texas to Woodward Oklahoma, including the I-40 corridor. Roads may also become icy from northeastern New Mexico to Pueblo and Colorado Springs in Colorado.

Heavy rainfall

SONAR Critical Events: Thursday, November 7, 10:00 a.m. EDT

Downpours and scattered thunderstorms are possible from the southern Great Plains to the Southeast. The heaviest rainfall with flash flooding potential is from southeastern Oklahoma into northwestern Arkansas where totals of three to four inches are possible.

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Nick Austin, Director of Weather Analytics and Senior Meteorologist

In his 17 years of weather forecasting experience, Nick worked on air at WBBJ-TV and WRCB-TV, including time spent doing weather analysis and field reporting. He received his Bachelor of Science in Meteorology from Florida State University as well as a Bachelor of Science in Management from Georgia Institute of Technology. Nick is also a member of the American Meteorological Society and National Weather Association. As a member of the weather team at WBBJ-TV in Jackson, Tennessee, Nick was nominated for a Mid-South Emmy for live coverage of a major tornado outbreak in 2008. As part of the weather team at WRCB-TV in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Nick shared the Chattanooga Times-Free Press Best of the Best award for “Best Weather Team” for eight consecutive years. Nick earned his National Weather Association Broadcasting Seal in 2005.

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