CALIFORNIA — From firms hauling furniture and freight across the country to retailers that rely on network servers housed in snowbound states, the powerful storms blanketing much of the country in snow and ice are also causing their share of headaches for businesses in Sacramento.
Sylvia Call has worked 40 years in moving and storage, the last eight at Bekins Van Lines at McClellan Park. She can scarcely remember a storm that has caused as much havoc.
"We've had offices closed all over the place. When it gets this crazy, cross-country drivers are really at the mercy of the weather – so are the poor customers," Call said.
The extraordinarily powerful storm stretched from Oklahoma into New England, dumped nearly 2 feet of snow in Chicago and collapsed structures wearied by heavy snow in the Northeast, according to Associated Press reports.
North Texas, site of Sunday's Super Bowl XLV, faced icy roads, temperatures in the teens, rolling blackouts and canceled classes.
At Michael's Arts and Crafts on Truxel Road in Natomas on Wednesday, bright green signs at the store's entrances warned shoppers of possible computer problems because of the heavy weather at its Dallas-area headquarters.
"Due to the severe weather issues in Dallas, Texas, our computer systems may go down at any time," the signs read.
Specialized Transportation Inc. in West Sacramento, ships computers, appliances and other goods for Hewlett-Packard, Dell Computer and Wal-Mart, among others.
"Anything you think of, we move it," said coordinator Jody Fox.
But the icy weather has ground that credo to a halt.
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