STORM CAUSES MAJOR DELAYS FOR TRUCKERS

STORM CAUSES MAJOR DELAYS FOR TRUCKERS

It was slow going Thursday for truckers in the Northeast as a late winter storm socked the region.

The March storm formed off a stationary front in the Ohio Valley, then mixed in with low pressure from Virginia and dumped between four to eight inches on the region, said Ralph Izzo, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service's Newark, N.J., station.At times Thursday, blowing snow caused blizzard-like conditions on many roads, dropping visibility to near zero and playing havoc with truckers' timetables.

"Most of our delays range from a half hour to 45 minutes," said Christine Capelli, a dispatcher with Caretta Trucking Inc. in Paramus, N.J.

"It's pretty bad, we've already gotten six inches and it's still snowing," said Andy Erba, secretary-treasurer at Armellini Express Lines Inc. in New Haven, Conn. "It's slowed us down considerably. Pickups that normally take 15 minutes are taking a half an hour."

Low-water reservoirs that supply drinking water to the New York metropolitan area's 16 million residents would likely be replenished from the storm, but that did little to cheer up those whose livelihoods depend upon slogging it through the area's notoriously clogged byways.