South to get Hit Hard with Ice, heavy snow and floods



A storm that has been dumping rain and mountain snow in the Southwestern U.S. will slam the South Central and Southeastern U.S. with ice, heavy snow, and potential floods this weekend. It will rapidly strengthen and could turn out to be a crippling event on the wintry side of the storm, leading to travel delays and cancellations, as well as disruptions in regional supply chains.

Analysis and Timing

As Pacific moisture feeds into colder air on the northern side of the storm, treacherous conditions could develop from the Texas Panhandle eastward to the Carolinas from Friday through Sunday. At first the precipitation might fall as sleet or a mix of sleet and snow, or as more dangerous freezing rain which is rain that freezes on contact with the ground and other surfaces.

In such a scenario, temperatures on the ground are at or below freezing while temperatures aloft are above freezing. When temperature increases with altitude, as in this case, it’s called an inversion. As rain falls through the deep layer of warm air aloft onto freezing surfaces below, everything ices over. This is illustrated in the graphic below:

  (Source: FreightWaves)

(Source: FreightWaves)

The latest outlooks show some areas will receive a quarter to a half an inch of ice accumulation from Amarillo, Texas eastward to near Oklahoma City, northern Arkansas, southern Missouri, southern Kentucky, and northwestern Tennessee. Several inches of snow will then pile up on top of the ice in many of the areas previously mentioned, adding insult to injury. Large tree limbs and power lines will buckle under the weight of the snow and ice, potentially knocking out electricity to a fairly large portion of the country.

The map below is an approximation of timing and location of precipitation types for this storm. This is a complex system, so adjustments will likely be made as the storm evolves.

  (Source: FreightWaves)

(Source: FreightWaves)

Impact on travel and the supply chain

Charlotte looks to be the largest metro area – estimated at nearly two and half million people – that will be most severely impacted. Up to six inches of snow are forecast for the city, with ten inches or more in the high elevations north of I-40. This could be preceded by ice. A storm of this magnitude might effectively shut down the city for at least a few days.

Shippers who are sitting on orders until next week but have them ready to go should send them as soon as possible. Charlotte has become an increasingly acute backhaul market in recent weeks, meaning more trucks have been entering versus leaving. This is indicated by the red shading in the Charlotte area on the map below. There should be plenty of capacity to get your shipments trucked out of the area before the storm hits by Saturday night and Sunday.

  SONAR Headhaul Index on Thursday, December 6, 2018 with 3:00 p.m. EST radar.

SONAR Headhaul Index on Thursday, December 6, 2018 with 3:00 p.m. EST radar.

Air freight into and out of Charlotte will likely be disrupted, and travelers will need to check commercial flights. Many of them could end up delayed or cancelled.

Lots of snow could also fall in the smoky Mountains of eastern Tennessee, making travel difficult on portions of I-40 and I-81.

Stay ahead of the storm

The National Weather Service will likely issue the following alerts as the winter storm develops:

  • Winter Weather Advisory: Be aware! Winter Weather Advisories are issued when snow, blowing snow, ice, and/or sleet are expected but conditions should not be hazardous enough to meet warning criteria.  Be prepared for winter driving conditions and possible travel difficulties.
  • Winter Storm Watch: Be prepared! Winter Storm Watches are issued when conditions are favorable for a significant winter storm event – heavy sleet, heavy snow, ice storm, heavy snow, blowing snow, or a combination of events.
  • Winter Storm Warning: Take action! Winter Storm Warnings are issued for a significant winter weather event including snow, ice, sleet, and/or blowing snow. Travel will become difficult or impossible. Delay your travel plans until conditions improve.

Look for updates on this interactive map.

Warm side of the storm

Watch out for heavy rain, thunderstorms, and potential flooding for portions of Texas between Dallas and Houston, and along the Gulf Coast on the I-10 corridor across northern Florida, southern Georgia, southern Louisiana, southern Mississippi, as well as eastern South Carolina. Three to six inches of rain are possible in these areas. It’ll also be slow going at times on portions I-16, I-65, I-75, and I-95.

Uber inc. Releases: Powerloop, a Power Only option for Carriers

Uber Inc. has coasted out another organization called Powerloop, a partner to Uber Freight, which would lease trailers to bearers and empower them to take an interest in a re-imagined trailer pool demonstrate. FreightWaves got up to speed with Max Pike, procedure lead and Kofi Asante, item system at Powerloop to talk about the possibilities of the new organization and what it involves to the trucking biological community.

“We had looked over the business and recognized torment focuses, that clarified that shippers were less successful when they were dependant on the driver to appear with the trailer in what is known as the live load,” said Pike. “A live load is the point at which the driver appears with the power unit and the trailer, and the shipper office stacks the vacant trailer. A similar thing occurs on the beneficiary side, where they live empty the trailer. This isn’t extremely proficient for the shippers.”

On the opposite end of the range, the bearers likewise experience the ill effects of wastefulness misfortunes, as they pile on numerous hours at the shipper’s office, sitting tight to load and empty. This is particularly valid for littler armadas and proprietor administrators, who don’t have the fortitude to purchase more trailers, nor have the associations with secure organizations with the enormous transportation marks that work with drop trailers and bearers providing a power-only limit.

Powerloop offers an answer for this pickle, yet permitting transporters with power-just limit enrolled in the Uber Freight application to lease trailers and interface them with shippers who are into the trailer pool show. Along these lines, bearers independent of their size can pull more loads, accordingly bringing down the boundary to section for trailer-pool programs.

“We rent trailers from our outsider accomplice and after that lease them out to transporters in our system,” said Asante. “A bearer can lease trailers as expected to satisfy their heap necessities.” when all is said in done, the quantity of trailers that a transporter can lease at one time is, for the most part, topped on the number of intensity units they have.

One reason for Powerloop stretching out of Uber Inc. is to only handle the limit crunch that has grabbed hold of the business, especially after the implementation of the ELD order. “There has been a restricted measure of aggregate accessible driver hours, and there has been an expanded spotlight on the shipper and bearer side to have the whole cargo framework work all the more proficiently,” said Pike.

“We needed to see how the drop trailer programs functioned generally. What we found was that power-just or drop trailer tasks had been overseen by resource owning vast transporters who had control units with trailers, and would drop these trailers at the shipper’s office on a more devoted premise.”

The issue, however, was that drivers who are sent to get the trailers as often as possible drive back void, in this way expanding up the vehicle costs for shippers. For example, if a shipper is moving trailers from Dallas to Houston, they would likewise need to pay for the deadhead miles while the trailer comes back to Dallas from Houston.

“We needed to outline an adaptable and dynamic framework where we could guarantee that these trailers would be stacked in the two bearings. The transporters that take an interest in this program appreciate it – they get one of the pre-stacked trailers and move them from one office to the next and there is another heap there for them to bring back,” said Pike. “They are moving around the system in round outings and burning through the majority of their accessible hours in multi-day moving cargo and getting paid.”

While building up the Powerloop arrangement, the group took advantage of the assets of Uber Freight, and connected with a considerable measure of customary business organizations and caught their criticism, which was then coordinated into the application – all progressively. “In a run of the mill drop cargo situation, a considerable measure of the power-just loads are one-way. We have now tried to have the capacity to give round excursions to transporters. This is a major one, and there are various circumstances where our bearers can interface with our group day by day, so we can roll out those improvements snappier,” said Asante.

Powerloop had an underlying run finished with Uber Freight drivers, and Pike clarified that the input has been to a great degree positive. “One transporter who has been working with us had at first been only a proprietor administrator, however he has from that point forward moved everything over to this arrangement of intensity just loads, used the power loads trailer rentals, and has possessed the capacity to really purchase a couple of more power units and move from being a proprietor administrator to a little armada,” he said.

Powerloop works with Fortune 500 organizations, and has helped them gain adaptability for their delivery needs, particularly amid the supply times to get down to business. For the transporters, leasing trailers for burdens would mean lesser void miles, which unexpectedly likewise assists with decreasing their carbon impression. Toward the day’s end, the transporters can do what they specialize in – pull loads without having long confinement times while expanding effectiveness in the driver’s seat.

Convoy received $185M from CapitalG, Value reaches $1M

Convoy, an on-demand Uber for trucks company that connects truckers and shippers, raised $185 million funding on 21st September 2018, led by Alphabet’s CapitalG.

Growth of Convoy as Uber for trucks service providerUber for trucks

Founded in 2015, Convoy is a Seattle based digital freight booking software. It was established by 2 former Amazon employees, Dan Lewis and Grant Goodale.

Uber for trucks Trucks often sit idle due to inefficient scheduling – Convoy Co-founder and CEO Dan Lewis

Convoy is all about cutting out mediators and the long communication chain it requires to get in touch with companies that have trucks with space to make those shipments.

Small trucking businesses were unable to connect to the shippers and shippers found very limited options to move their loads. This dis-balance in demand and supply led to trucks towing empty trailers further leading to wastage of huge percentage of fuel and unemployed truck drivers.

Uber for trucks, Convoy, helps people with small trucking businesses get their loads at acceptable prices through an application.

Process of booking Uber for trucksUber for trucks

Trucking side:

Uber for trucksTruckers are provided with an application where they can see and accept the load hailing demands and send the trucks accordingly.

Uber for trucksTruckers get the exact idea of what material they are transporting, allowing them to be prepared  with the proper equipment.

Uber for trucksTrucking businesses can manage multiple loads as the app make it easier to keep track of all the ongoing trips.

Shipper side:

Uber for trucksShipper can book the load hailing service for transportation of its goods via the Convoy Uber for trucks app.

Uber for trucksShipper specifies the content, size and other required details about the load.

Uber for trucksThe app immediately generates the price of the load hailing service and displays it to the shipper.

Uber for trucksShipper confirms the order and make payment on day of its completion.

UI of Convoy

Uber for trucks
Truck drivers can find and book the loads instantly via the Convoy app.


Uber for trucks
A truck driver can also book the load for a specified place and at the specified time.


Uber for trucks
Electronic upload Bill of Lading (e-BOL)
Image credits: Convoy App, Google Play

Why is Convoy getting all the attention?Uber for trucks

Convoy, Uber for trucks, is a startup that raised such a huge sum of capital via venture. Uber for trucks app, Convoy, is looking to transform the $800 billion trucking industry, which is not an easy task.

Convoy connects truckers with people who need their freights moved. Now, with the $185 Million funding, taking Convoy’s valuation at $1 Billion, it can think of expanding worldwide with further diverse services.

Convoy being a Uber for trucks startup, is likely to face stiff competition from other established Uber for trucks service providers. Convoy aims at diminishing importance of freight brokers, Coexisting with the key players of trucking industry’s online freight brokers is going to be a very tough call.

ConclusionUber for trucks

Convoy announced a whopping $185 Million Series C round led by CapitalG, the venture capital arm of Google parent Alphabet. It’s the fourth-largest funding round ever for a Washington-based company and the largest of 2018.

A startup like Convoy is showing immense growth in the industry, In terms of financial as well as customers, implying the open doors of the industry for new entrepreneurs to set up their startups.

Top benefits of hiring our trucking service

Moving freight is a tough task that needs experience and expertise, because there is a lot at stack. Only the deliverables are not at stack here, but the commitment and trust. And, any mishap here can lead to the company having a bad market reputation, and would certainly impact the customer satisfaction it provides negatively.

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