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January 24, 2014

Frigid temps taxing resources, utilities

Though not record-breaking, frigid temps taxing resources, utilites

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“So we’ll likely see nothing above freezing for the next seven days or so at least,” Obergfell said.

Along those lines, a Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for the Goshen area until 4 p.m. today with snow accumulations of between 2 and 4 inches expected by late tonight.

During the Winter Weather Advisory, travel will likely be dangerous due to blowing and drifting snow, causing primarily travel difficulties. Residents should be prepared for snow-covered roads and limited visibilities and use caution while driving, especially in open areas.

Propane shortage

While we may not be breaking any cold weather records here in Goshen this month, there are two industries that are absolutely booming due to all the frigid temperatures: propane and natural gas suppliers.

So busy is the industry, in fact, that concerns are mounting about a possible shortage in the area, especially when it comes to the local propane supply.

“We’re very worried about our propane supply,” said Brian Clayton, senior energy division manager with the North Central Co-Op in Goshen. “With all the cold weather we’re having, the propane industry is facing something right now that they’ve never faced before. So we’re just trying to keep up with it and do the best we can for our customers. So far we’ve been able to get enough to keep our customers supplied with propane, but the supply is a very critical issue in the propane industry right now, especially in the Midwest.”

And with temperatures early next week expected to plummet into the -5 to -10 degree range yet again, Clayton said the demand for propane isn’t likely to slow any time soon.

“The cold temps have definitely put a bigger demand on propane this month compared to previous years around this time,” Clayton said. “The usage is definitely up compared to what it has been in the past, just because of the cold. We’ve been extremely busy with our deliveries, with propane especially.”

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