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The snow storms pounding the Northeast are also hitting local trucking companies hard.

One company dealing with shipment delays is Shelba D. Johnson Trucking in Thomasville.

“All of a sudden, in the last two weeks it's gotten rough,” said Ron Russo, a dispatcher for the company. “We're sitting on six or seven loads that we can't deliver, because of the weather that's going on now in New England.”

Russo says driving an 18-wheeler in severe winter weather is dangerous for everyone on the road. So for now, his drivers are waiting for the storm to pass at truck stops and hotels.

R&R Transportation in Greensboro, a family-owned trucking company, is playing it safe too.

“One accident can put you out of business,” said Allen Robinson.

Robinson says he’s avoiding deliveries to the Northeast all together, because the risk isn’t worth the reward.

“You got to think about not just your equipment, but you got to think about your drivers. They have families already worried, because they're on the road,” said Robinson.

For companies that do have drivers braving the New England weather, they say all they can do is keep an eye on the weather.

“We just have to ride out the storm and see when we can get it delivered,” said Russo.

Russo hopes to get his drivers back on the road by early next week.

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