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January Expected to Wrap Up With Another Round of Widespread Mild Temperatures

At a Glance

  • Any colder than average air earlier this week has largely retreated.
  • Above average temperatures have returned to many areas of the U.S.
  • The relative mildness might continue into the final week of January.

Colder than average air has largely retreated, and another round of widespread mild temperatures will envelop much of the country and last through the end of the month.

This cold that plunged through the Deep South didn’t break records since we are in the coldest time of the year for several areas.

However, Wednesday morning was the coldest in over nine years in parts of South Florida, where lows plunged to 40 degrees in Miami, coupled with wind chills in the upper 20s on the city’s northwestern side.

There were even reports of graupel, sometimes called “soft hail” or “snow pellets,” in parts of South Florida on Wednesday afternoon. This was not snow, but a type of wintry precipitation that forms when temperatures are above freezing at the surface but very cold aloft.

But, again, this cold air is exiting.

Thursday, most of the country should have temperatures warmer than average for the third full week of January.

(CURRENT MAPS: Temperatures | Wind Chills)

Highs Thursday are forecast to be 10 to 20 degrees warmer than average from the upper Midwest to the Northeast, which means most locations in those regions should have temperatures in the 30s and 40s.

Parts of the West and Northern Plains will also be mild on Thursday, with highs generally 5 to 15 degrees above average.

These warmer than average temperatures will persist across much of the United States into the final week of January, according to the latest 6- to 10-day outlook from NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center.

A broad area of the country stretching from the West Coast to the Northern Plains, Midwest, mid-Atlantic and Northeast has at least a 50% chance of above average temperatures from Jan. 28 to Feb. 1, while most of the rest of the country also has increased odds of being warmer than average during that period.

(MORE: January’s Mild Temperatures Gave Spring a False Start in Parts of the South)

Even though it will be mild for late January, another cross-country storm is expected to bring snow and rain to parts of the Plains, Midwest and East through late this week. Click here for our latest forecast on this next storm system.

Mild January Overall

Temperatures in the first 18 days of January averaged 5 or more degrees above average across a large area of the central and eastern United States. Some locations, like Baltimore, Boston, Cleveland and Indianapolis, had an average overall temperature of 10 or more degrees above average.

This stretch of mild weather was capped off by record warmth in the East the weekend of Jan. 11-12.

Boston set an all-time January record-high temperature of 74 degrees on Jan. 12. Highs in the 80s were reported on Jan. 11 as far north as Charleston, West Virginia.

Through the 18th, January ranked as the second warmest in Boston, third warmest in Atlanta and Cleveland and fourth warmest in Buffalo, New York.

Everything you need to know about the Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse

The ramifications are many both for drivers and fleets, so everyone needs to know the ins and outs. Here is the most pertinent information, direct from FMCSA.

 

What is the FMCSA Commercial Driver’s License Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse?

The Clearinghouse is a secure online database that will give employers, FMCSA, state driver licensing agencies, and state law enforcement personnel real-time information about CDL driver drug and alcohol program violations, thereby enhancing safety on U.S. roadways. An act of Congress directed the Secretary of Transportation to establish the Clearinghouse.

The Clearinghouse enables employers to identify drivers who commit a drug and alcohol program violation while working for one employer, but who fail to subsequently inform another employer (as required by current regulations).

The Clearinghouse requires the following:

• Employers are required to query the Clearinghouse for current and prospective employees’ drug and alcohol violations before permitting those employees to operate a CMV on public roads.

• Employers are required to annually query the Clearinghouse for each driver they currently employ.

What information will the Clearinghouse contain?

The Clearinghouse will contain information on all CDL driver drug and alcohol program violations. These violations include:

• Report for duty/remain on duty for safety-sensitive function with alcohol concentration of 0.04 or greater or while using any drug specified in the regulations, other than those prescribed by a licensed medical practitioner

• Alcohol use while performing, or within four hours of performing, a safety-sensitive function

• Alcohol use within eight hours of an accident, or until post-accident test, whichever occurs first

• Test positive for use of specified drugs

• Refusing to submit to a required alcohol or drug test

How will people use the Clearinghouse?

Employers. Report drug and alcohol violations and check that no current or prospective employee is prohibited from performing safety-sensitive functions, such as operating a CMV, due to a drug and alcohol program violation for which a driver has not successfully completed a Return-To-Duty (RTD) process.

CDL drivers. View own record, provide consent to current or prospective employers to access details about any drug and alcohol program violations, and select a substance abuse professional, if needed.

High-tech video could mean the end of truck mirrors

Trucks without mirrors could be OEM-installed by 2025, providing drivers with a larger field of view and fewer blind spots. No side-view mirrors mean more aerodynamic trucks and better MPG.

One of the next significant advancements in video technology could spell the end of vehicle mirrors as we know them.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is considering allowing a camera monitor system, or CMS, to replace rearview and sideview mirrors on commercial trucks.

Currently, the MirrorEye CMS from Stoneridge is the only system that has received an exemption from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. However, trucks using the system still legally need traditional mirrors.

More than 100 trucks from over a dozen fleets are using MirrorEye, the company said. Stoneridge hopes the system will be factory-installed on the vehicles of at least two manufacturers by the middle of this decade.

The MirrorEye system equips a vehicle with five cameras, sensors and three digital displays inside the cab in the form of two 12-in. vertical monitors attached to the A-pillars on both sides. It also adds a 7-in. screen that mounts high in the center of the cab — like a smaller vehicle’s rearview mirror.

The cameras are mounted on the exterior of the vehicle, near where traditional rearview mirrors are, to provide a similar field of view. Stone­ridge says its CMS delivers a 25% larger field of view that eliminates common blind spots.

Separately, Bosch has teamed up with Mekra Lang to develop a digital mirror system for commercial vehicles. The system replaces the large side mirrors — typically 50 sq. in. — with two interior monitors and two external cameras above the driver’s cab. According to Bosch, the aerodynamic design reduces fuel consumption by as much as 2%.

Bosch showed off its CMS at the North American Commercial Vehicle Show last fall, where it equipped a Freightliner Cascadia and Nikola Two with the system.

“Here we talk about the implementation of digital mirror systems that are using cameras with increased optic capabilities to not only make the job less stressful but make it safer,” said Jason Roycht, vice president and regional business unit leader of commercial vehicles & off-road for Bosch in North America.

NHTSA has said that such a system could come with safety benefits, such as improved situational awareness for truck drivers that would lead to reduced sideswipes. Researchers have surveyed commercial drivers using supplemental CMS and found neutral and potentially positive findings concerning safety-critical events and drivers’ forward attention, according to NHTSA.

There are potential safety concerns and challenges. For example, drivers indicated that the glare produced from the system’s electronic visual displays was “too bright and affected their ability to see details in the forward roadway” and that “glare from the visual displays could be uncomfortable at night.”

 

In 2015, the German Federal Highway Research Institute published a study that compared outside rearview mirrors with a CMS display in heavy trucks (and passenger vehicles) under various testing conditions. The study concluded that a CMS that meets “specific quality criteria” can provide “sufficient” rear visibility for drivers. The study also found that the change from outside rearview mirrors to a CMS requires a period of driver familiarization that is “relatively short.”

Senate Passes USMCA Trade Deal

A new trade deal with Canada and Mexico was approved in the U.S. Senate on Jan. 16, marking a significant accomplishment for President Donald Trump on his long-discussed desire to update the Clinton-era North American Free Trade Agreement.

The Senate’s 89-10 vote occurred prior to the chamber proceeding with the impeachment trial of the president. Trump had signaled the possibility of signing the new deal within days of the vote.

The overwhelming support the plan received in the Senate represented a rare show of bipartisanship on a policy proposal.

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa)

Grassley

“The USMCA creates the first U.S. free trade agreement with a digital trade chapter. These important measures will help the $1.3 trillion U.S. digital economy to flourish and grow. It improves efforts to stop importers of counterfeit goods from ripping off consumers, producers and content creators,” Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), chairman of the tax-writing Finance Committee, noted prior to the vote. “It provides for copyright and patent protections to uphold trade secrets and to secure data rights so American ingenuity and innovation will drive economic growth, create jobs, drive up consumer choices and drive down prices for goods and services.”

“The United States can’t lose shelf space to very, very competitive markets and then come back years later and try to regain it,” added Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), the ranking member on the panel with jurisdiction over commercial transportation policy. “Let’s be a world leader in establishing the rules for fair trade and pushing for provisions like we see in the agreement so we can move forward in making sure Washington products, U.S. products, American-made products, get delivered to a growing, wealthier world.”

Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.)

Leading the chamber’s opposition to the trade deal was Pennsylvania Republican Sen. Pat Toomey. “NAFTA needed to be updated because it’s an old agreement and the economy has changed, but that’s not the real reason that this agreement was renegotiated,” Toomey said this month. “The real reason was because we have a trade deficit with Mexico, and the administration deemed that to be unacceptable.”

Trump has been a staunch critic of NAFTA, despite repeated claims from its backers that it paved the way for a multitrillion-dollar trading alliance between the United States’ neighbors to the north and south.

The new deal reached the floor of the Senate after House Democratic leaders and the White House spent months negotiating various terms of the deal. At issue were Mexican labor laws, environmental regulations and enforceability of the pact.

The House of Representatives passed the deal Dec. 19.

The deal could potentially raise government revenue by $2.97 billion from fiscal 2020 to 2029, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

A diverse group of stakeholders, ranging from the commercial transportation sector to the business community, praised Congress’ approval of the deal.

“Trade is central to the trucking industry — 76% of all surface freight between the U.S. and our nearest neighbors moves by truck — so the newly ratified USMCA will be a boon to our economy and our industry,” said American Trucking Associations President and CEO Chris Spear. His group anticipates truck movement to grow after the implementation of USMCA. In 2018, trucks moved more than $770 billion worth of goods between the three countries, according to ATA.“This agreement will boost both U.S. exports and gross domestic product, meaning more truck movements and delivering measurable returns for our industry.”

“The world has changed dramatically since the United States, Canada and Mexico first agreed to tear down barriers to free trade a quarter-century ago,” added National Retail Federation President and CEO Matthew Shay. “This updated agreement will modernize trade among our closest trading partners and pave the way for continued prosperity across the borders of North America as the global economy continues to evolve. This agreement will support the millions of U.S. jobs that depend on free trade with Canada and Mexico and will ensure the continued availability of affordable everyday necessities for American families.”

Corn Refiners Association President and CEO John Bode called the new deal “critical to the modernization of North American trade and the future prosperity of American farmers, workers and businesses. Also, pushing USMCA across the finish line will make America safer and more secure through strengthened relationships with our national neighbors.”

 

Colder Weather Pattern Returns East of the Rockies as Second Half of January Begins

 

At a Glance

  • January has been much warmer than average across most of the central and eastern U.S.
  • Temperatures more typical for January should return to many areas over the next several days.

A colder weather pattern is looming for many areas east of the Rockies that have experienced warmer than average temperatures the first half of January.

High temperatures Tuesday and Wednesday were 10 to 25 degrees above average in much of the South and East.

On Tuesday, Savannah, Georgia (81 degrees), Charleston, South Carolina (80 degrees), and Wilmington, North Carolina (78 degrees), set or tied record highs. In Kentucky, Bowling Green (72 degrees), Lexington (69 degrees) and Jackson (65 degrees) all set record highs on Wednesday.

A short-lived cooldown moved into the Midwest Thursday, and will reach the Northeast Friday. After milder air returns ahead of a winter storm by Saturday, there should be a more widespread cooldown into early next week.

The map below illustrates the return to temperatures more typical for January early next week.

The blue shadings show where temperatures are forecast to be below average on Monday, with the darkest shadings over the upper Midwest denoting much below average temperatures. Parts of that region, including Minneapolis/St. Paul, will likely have single-digit highs Sunday and possibly Monday.

The change to a chillier weather pattern is because the jet stream will flip its orientation to a southward plunge east of the Rockies. That will allow colder air bottled up in western Canada and Montana to move south and eastward.

Temperatures aren’t forecast to be brutally cold in most areas – except near the Canadian border – but it will feel more like January when compared to what we’ve experienced so far this month.

The heart of the colder weather will likely be in the upper Midwest. Highs in the region could be 10 to 25 degrees colder than average beginning this weekend. Daytime readings might not rise out of the single digits and teens as far south as Iowa and northern Illinois by Sunday.

Lows in the teens and 20s below zero are possible in the coldest parts of the Dakotas and Minnesota during this cold snap. Subzero lows may occur as far south as northern Missouri.

In general, we’re not expecting any daily records to be flirted with, as the bar for those daily records in mid- to late January is very low.

Mild Start to January So Far

Temperatures in the first 14 days of January averaged 5 or more degrees above average across a large area of the central and eastern United States. Some locations, like Boston, Cleveland and Milwaukee, had an average overall temperature of 10 or more degrees above average.

This stretch of mild weather was capped off by record warmth in the East last weekend.

Boston set an all-time January record-high temperature of 74 degrees Sunday. Highs in the 80s were reported on Saturday as far north as Charleston, West Virginia.

 

With truck fatalities on the rise, FMCSA to study the cause of deadly semi crashes

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has announced a major new study into the underlying causes behind fatal large truck crashes.

In a Request for Information document to be published in the Federal Register on January 15, 2020, the FMCSA announced plans to begin a groundbreaking new study into the causal factors in large truck crashes — dubbed the Large Truck Crash Causal Factors Study (LTCCFS).

The FMCSA pointed to a rise in truck crash fatalities as a reason for the study: “Over the last three years (2016- 2018), fatal crashes involving large trucks increased 5.7 percent. This study will help FMCSA identify factors that are contributing to the growth in fatal large truck crashes, and in both injury and property damage only (PDO) crashes. These factors will drive new initiatives to reduce crashes on our nations roadways.”

The FMCSA says that they “seek information on how best to design and conduct a study to identify factors contributing to all FMCSA reportable large truck crashes (towaway, injury and fatal).”

The agency says that the purpose of the study is “to yield information that will help FMCSA and the truck safety community to identify activities and other measures likely to lead to significant reductions in the frequency, severity, and crash rate involving commercial motor vehicles.”

The FMCSA laid out three specific goals for the LTCCFS study:

  1. Evaluate crashes involving large trucks and identify emerging trends;
  2. Monitor crash trends and identify causes and contributing factors; and
  3. Develop effective safety improvement policies and programs.

The announcement of the LTCCFS comes just months after worrisome new statistics showed an uptick in fatal crashes involving large trucks in 2018 that corresponded with the first full year that the Electronic Logging Device Mandate was in effect for most truck drivers.

In October 2019, the NHTSA released a report on crash fatalities in 2018 — the first full year since the FMCSA required most truckers to start using ELDs to track Hours of Service compliance in December of 2017. The FMCSA promised that the ELD Mandate would “help create a safer work environment for drivers.”

While there was a 2.4% decrease in crash fatalities for all drivers, the NHTSA data showed that fatal crashes involving large trucks actually increased by 0.9%.

During a similar study conducted by the FMCSA in 2001 — 2003, the FMCSA said that “a primary finding of the study was that in the vast majority of crashes where the critical reason for the crash was assigned to the large truck, it was attributed to a driver-related action or inaction.”

The FMCSA will be accepting public comments on the study for 60 days after publication in the Federal Register. For more information on how you can submit your comments once the comment period officially opens, please click here.

Senators call for more truck information on popular GPS apps

 

Three leading senators from the Northeast are calling on the makers of popular smartphone navigation apps to add data to help prevent incidents of trucks striking low bridges on prohibited routes. The president of one state trucking association is praising the suggestion, calling it a “commonsense” solution that ought to be easy to implement.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D. Conn., Monday, Jan. 13, called on the makers of GPS apps for smartphones to add what he called “commonsense info on highway height, weight, and other restrictions” to their navigation apps so truckers do not enter Merritt and Wilbur Cross Parkways. Trucks are not allowed on the parkways — and those in neighboring New York, Massachusetts,  and New Jersey — but some drivers follow the directions on the apps, which don’t necessarily show truck restrictions.

In a news conference and separately in a letter sent Monday with Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Ed Markey, D-Mass., Blumenthal called on tech giants Google, Apple and Waze to include information that would keep trucks off restricted parkways and reduce collisions with low-bridges.

“As more commercial vehicle drivers use these applications, we can expect accidents and damage to roadways to increase unless a solution is found,” said the letter from the senators. Blumenthal said truckers and others often rely on the apps to route them around traffic congestion on other routes and ignore or do not see signs warning against truck traffic on the parkways.

Vehicles taller than 8 feet, longer than 24 feet or wider than 7 1/2 feet or weigh more than 7,500 lbs. are not allowed on the parkways in Connecticut, for example.

Joseph Sculley is the president of the Motor Truck Association of Connecticut and said he was heartened to see Blumenthal “put a commonsense idea on the table” to address the issue that can be a public relations problem for the trucking industry. Sculley said that while members of the MTAC know to avoid the parkways, the problem is usually caused by out-of-state truckers who may not be using truck-specific GPS units.

“Every time a truck gets stuck (under a low bridge on a parkway) it makes headlines, and the PR is not good for trucking,” said Sculley. He said adding the information ought to be easy for the tech companies to do, and his 550-member organization expects to work with others to make it happen.

Earlier this month Schumer also called on GPS makers to include at-grade railroad crossing information to their programs. In a letter to 10 technology companies, including Google, the senior senator from New York reminded them the National Transportation Safety Board in 2016 recommended such information be included following an accident in California that took the life of an engineer and injured 32 others. Schumer said there are 5,358 at-grade railroad crossings in New York alone.

A number of people made comments on the Blumentah’s Facebook page following Monday’s press conference.

Wendy Bly: “Unfortunately, it is the drivers at fault, not the application. I drive an RV, and know that the regular GPS systems for cars do not take into account for height clearance. Professional truck drivers should also know that there are special applications for trucks that do list heights… it’s a matter of ignorance or being cheap (trucker app is more expensive). Also, any time there is a clearance issue, signage on the road is clearly posted with enough notice… It is sad that our government has to do our thinking for us…”

Alfred Craig Jenkins: “Pardon me! But as a CDL license holder. We’re taught that (parkways) aren’t for any type of bus or trucks … period. Any truck driver that’s using that excuse shouldn’t be driving.”

William Hau: “I think this is a great idea. I tow a smallish boat and any mistake with a bridge would be a very expensive one. I thought the truck drivers had dedicated GPS devices that already had this. I can assure you no 18 wheeler wants to be on the parkway.”

Patricia Demers Suski: “There are signs for NO commercial vehicles. The truck drivers should be responsible! GPS make errors. Mine has told me to go down a road that doesn’t exist. Do I? Of course not. The driver needs to use common sense. Let’s stop blaming everyone/everything else.

Cliff Kelsey: “Drove truck all over the USA with only paper maps. (C)ommon sense is what’s lacking. (T) here are maps and books that show restricted routes and low underpass.”

Kyrra Gelinas: “This is literally the dumbest thing ever. Waze has options that let you put in what kind of vehicle you’re driving. There are signs leading up to the Merritt that SAY no commercial vehicles. How about adding common sense DRIVERS to the road?”

Brian Worth Sr.: “Low clearance needs to be posted in Russian and about 12 different languages or we could make CDLs contingent on a mastery of basic English.”

Tom Brown: “What happened to reading all the signs, knowing your truck height and so on. You need to take responsibility if you’re driving and not blame it on the GPS!”

Mario Caiti: “Why doesn’t Waze have a trucker mode?!?!?! They have the best and brightest building their app and they plain forgot about trucks.”

Salvatore Lanzieri: “What I don’t understand is why people driving trucks don’t put GPS on truck mode!?!?!? I drive truck and use it especially when I’m not really too familiar with (the) area. GPS has stopped me more than once from getting on Taconic State (Parkway) in New York.

Stephanie Pinto Johnson: “If the gigantic signs that state “No Trucks” don’t trigger a common-sense response, I’m not sure what Google, Apple and Waze are going to do.”

Timothy Rourke: “Agree! Seems silly Google has not added vehicle profile info. I have ended up on low-clearance parkways with our RV that prompted some emergency lane changes. Not safe.”

Richard Ciotti: “I can’t say I buy this excuse. If you just slavishly follow GPS, without reviewing the route ahead of time, and know so little about the area that you aren’t aware of height restrictions, maybe you shouldn’t be on the road.”

Truckers News has contacted Google, Apple and Waze for comment and has yet to hear from them. We’ll add their responses when/if they are received.

 

Pennsylvania Turnpike Crash Kills Five and Injures 60; Tour Bus and Tractor-Trailers Involved; Turnpike Closed

At a Glance

  • At least five people were killed in the crash.
  • The crash happened about 3:40 a.m. Sunday.
  • An 86-mile stretch of the Pennsylvania Turnpike is closed in both directions.
  • About 60 people were injured.

An 86-mile stretch of the Pennsylvania Turnpike was closed for much of Sunday after a deadly crash involving a tour bus, three tractor-trailers and a passenger vehicle.

Five people were killed in the crash, Westmoreland County Coroner Ken Bacha told the Tribune-Review. About 60 people were injured and taken to three area hospitals, turnpike spokesman Carl DeFebo tweeted.

The tour bus was traveling on a downhill curve and struck an embankment, according to the Pennsylvania State Police. The bus was hit by the tractor-trailers: two UPS trucks and a FedEx truck, which were loaded with parcels. A private passenger vehicle was also involved in the crash.

The crash happened about 3:40 a.m. Sunday in Westmoreland County, about 30 miles east of Pittsburgh, around mile marker 86. The crash closed the turnpike in both directions between New Stanton at Exit 75 and Breezewood at Exit 161.

Snow showers were moving through western Pennsylvania Sunday morning, weather.com meteorologist Christopher Dolce said.

Angela Maynard, a tractor-trailer driver from Kentucky who stopped at the crash site, told the Tribune-Review the roads were wet from snow but not especially icy.

Pennsylvania Turnpike Public Information Manager Rene Colborne told CNN the speed limit is 70 mph in the crash area. The road conditions seemed to be “fine” and the roads are treated 24/7, she said.

A spokeswoman for Excela Health said 25 people ranging in age from 7 to 52 were being evaluated at Excela Frick Hospital in Mount Pleasant. Two patients were to be transferred to a trauma hospital, she said. Their conditions were not available.

Eleven people were taken to Forbes Regional Hospital in Monroeville. One is in critical condition, and the others are in fair condition, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

Eighteen patients taken to UPMC Somerset have been treated and released. UPMC Presbyterian was treating three people. A child was treated at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh in Lawrenceville, a UPMC spokeswoman said. Their conditions were not available.

The National Transportation Safety Board has sent a team to investigate the crash.

FedEx spokeswoman Allie Addoms provided this statement: “First and foremost we extend our deepest condolences to the families of the individuals involved in this accident. There is no higher priority for FedEx Ground than safety, and we are cooperating fully with investigating authorities at this time.”

A UPS spokesperson said that one of their vehicles was involved in the crash and issued the following statement: “UPS is cooperating with authorities in the investigation and we express our deepest sympathies to the victims and their families and friends.”

Drivers say they’re back on paper logs after ELD outage

One driver who said she’s experiencing an ELD crash said, “This new elog system is going to put us out of business, I think.”

A large number of truck drivers have reported that they are experiencing major functionality issues with their PeopleNet Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs).

Multiple sources including Freightwaves have reported that PeopleNet ELD devices are malfunctioning due to syncing problems between the server clock and the GPS related to the change over to the 2020 calendar year.

Drivers have reported lengthy login times and some say that multiple reboots were required to even make it to the login screen.

PeopleNet is a Trimble Transportation company. Trimble Transportation did not respond to CDLLife’s request for comment.

Some drivers are reporting that their PeopleNet display reads “This device is not functioning as an ELD. Paper logs may be required for backup. Check manual for instructions.”

Additionally, the display date on several driver’s PeopleNet devices appears as 5/3/07.

Facebook user and OTR driver for Ecklund wrote, “Our entire fleets peoplenet computers went down December 31st 2019. Apparently the onboard calendar of the devices manufactured in 2007. Goes from 2007 to 2019. We now can I use the ELD function because the computer does not recognize the calendar year of 2020. We’re on paper logs until they correct the problem? Which apparently cannot be done via programming. LOL. Thanks peoplenet for not seeing this problem coming.”

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s ELD regulations allow for the use of paper logs for up to 8 days in the case of a device malfunction.

It isn’t yet clear how long it might take for Trimble to resolve the PeopleNet issues.

In November 2019, Omnitracs ELD devices underwent a similar “GPS rollover event” that left drivers back on paper logs.

New Year’s Forecast: Rain, Snow May Impact Holiday Plans in Parts of Northeast and Northwest

At a Glance

  • Dry conditions are expected for much of the Lower 48 on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.
  • There will be some rain and snow in the interior Northeast, Northwest and the south-central states.
  • Most of the contiguous U.S. will experience temperatures near or above average.

     

    Snow and rain may impact some New Year’s plans for those in the Northwest, interior Northeast and southern Texas.

    However, most of the Lower 48 can expect generally dry conditions on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

     

    Below, we take a closer look at the holiday forecast.

    New Year’s Eve Forecast

    potent winter storm will pull away from the Northeast and Great Lakes on Tuesday, which will result in drier conditions and decreasing winds. Some snow showers may linger in northern New England into New Year’s Eve. Lake-effect snow will continue behind this system New Year’s Eve in the Great Lakes. Temperatures will be in the 40s toward the Interstate 95 corridor, with 30s farther inland.

    The remainder of the East, South and Midwest will enjoy dry conditions and near average temperatures. The exception will be in far southern Texas, where a few showers are possible as another system begins to organize in northern Mexico.

    Rain and mountain snow will also fall in the Pacific Northwest as the next system approaches the West Coast.

    Much of the Intermountain West will have dry conditions with below average temperatures. Temperatures there will generally range from the teens to the 30s in the interior West.

     

     

    New Year’s Day Forecast

    The first day of the new year will have generally tranquil conditions across the Lower 48.

    A few lake-effect snow showers are expected in the eastern Great Lakes, and a few lingering snow showers are also possible in northern New England. The rest of the East will enjoy dry conditions with temperatures near to slightly above average.

    Showers will increase from southern and eastern Texas into western Louisiana on New Year’s Day. Temperatures will generally be in the 50s there.

    (MORE: January 2020 Temperature Outlook)

    A dry start to the year is anticipated in the Midwest, and temperatures will be above average. Highs will range from the 20s near the Canadian border to the 50s in the mid-Mississippi Valley.

    Snow showers are possible farther west in the Rockies, with rain and mountain snow in the Pacific Northwest. The Southwest can expect a dry day with highs near or slightly below average.

     

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