This post reports weather-related information, current as of 9:45 AM EST, for the benefit of organizations doing business with FSN member companies based in areas of the United States hit by extreme cold. All operations are up and running. A common theme is delays or possible delays of inbound product deliveries due to regional weather and highway conditions. Here's a region-by-region breakdown:
In the Midwest
Rick Kelly at Multi Systems Installation (MSI) reports that Kansas City is at -12℉. MSI's trucks are on the road and scheduled crews are at their job sites. Trucks carrying product scheduled for inbound receiving are either late or postponed.
Aubrey Kimberling reports from St. Louis that Professional Installers is running full crews despite a temperature of -8℉, wind chills at -30℉ and the 12 inches of snow that fell yesterday. They anticipate possible delays with the deliveries of inbound product. Three trailer loads are scheduled for receiving at three job sites.
Installation Specialists (ISI) is fully staffed and operating, according to Matt Sprenzel, reporting from Chicagoland, where the skies are clear, the temperature is -15℉ and the wind chill is around -45℉. Vehicle accidents and ice have forced the closure of some ramps and bridges in the metro area and some 100 miles of Indiana interstate, creating the possibility of delays today in moving product into and around Chicagoland.
Scott Wegman at Wegman Company reports -2℉ with wind chill at -30℉ in Cincinnati. The company's trucks all started but the extreme cold is causing pressurization issues with some air brake systems. Two inbound trailers scheduled for on-street, on-site receiving were diverted to the Wegman warehouse at the client's request. The forecast for tonight calls for -10℉ with wind chills nearing -40℉.
In the Northeast
John Cincotta at Cubicle Solutions (CSI) said the forecasted high today for Windham, New Hampshire, is 48℉. The inevitable snow melt today will likely result in a flash freeze tonight if predicted drop to 10℉ proves accurate. CSI is operating normally in the Boston region.
Gene Kosman at Colonial Systems reports 50℉ in Wilmington, Massachusetts, and normal operations in the Boston area, barring delayed deliveries of inbound product due to regional highway conditions.
In the Mid-Atlantic
Bill McKibban reports that AIMM is experiencing no problems or limitations with its operations in the Philadelphia region. The team there is doing what they can to anticipate issues related to the single-digit temperatures in tomorrow's forecast.
With New York City in the 40s today, Jim Fenimore reports business as usual for the installation teams at Total Office Planning Services (TOPS). The predicted overnight plunge to single-digit temperatures is cause for reasonable concern about operations Tuesday morning.
Jim Graf at CIS Office Installers (CIS) in Pittsburgh reports "all systems go." Getting trucks to start immediately tomorrow morning is a concern in anticipation of plunging temperatures.
In Other Regions
Doug Levesque at Turnkey Project Services reported 16℉ in Fort Worth. While that's unseasonably cold for the Metroplex, Turnkey is operating normally.
Dean McIntyre had nothing unusual to report from McIntyre Group as deep cold and snow are wintertime norms for his company's Ontario and Alberta operations.
OASIS, in the Seattle area, is operating in the upper 30s, 87% humidity and scattered showers.
Service West, Manning Group, Southwest Installation Services, Environments Plus, JEi, Corporate Services, Spectrum Installations, Cimarron Office Furniture Services and Service West APAC are doing as well as can be expected with Fahrenheit temps ranging in the 60s and 70s.
Photo courtesy of Kelli Conway, Installation Specialists, Inc.