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Winter of 2015

Winter took awhile to arrive but it's here in full swing.

Over the past three weeks here in New England we have seen three major storms and there is more in the forecast for later this week.  Yes the snowy winter that everyone was predicting is finally here.

Winter started off slow, similar to last year with relatively no snow in December or January well at least until the end of January.  Then it all came barreling with one storm bringing 34.5 inches to Worcester and 19.1 inches to Providence. A second storm six days later brought another foot plus to both Worcester and Providence. We're now in the middle of a storm that could bring will over a foot and a half to New England.

While all this snow maybe pretty and fun for kids without school and adults who got to skip out on work due to travel bans, it raises some issues when it comes to delivery fuel to homes.  With all the snow that has been dropped onto New England the roads have become more narrow, reducing some street to single lanes.  This is especially difficult for delivery trucks that are wider than regular vehicles and make wide turns.

Another issue that arises as more and more snow packs on the ground, is getting to and from the fill pipes.  The fill pipe and the vent (located in the same area) are usually located outside of the home but relatively close to the oil tank inside of the home. In most cases the fill pipe isn't located on a regular path, say from the driveway to a front or side door. This leads some to forget about the fill pipe while clearing away snow. This can double a drivers delivering time or prevent them from delivering all together. From a safety standpoint drivers have no idea what is in your yard and where to or not to step.

Accompanying the snow has been frigged cold temperatures and more energy consumption to stay warm.  As more fuel is need to keep families warm and comfort more deliveries are needed to be made. This helps fuel the issues talked about above as the roads are more of an issue.

Right now it looks like February is going to be one of the snowiest months in history for New England

Robert Stahelski

ckSmithSuperior Santoro Oil Gas Doctor

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