Bitter winter weather is sweeping through certain parts of the US, and the effects of one storm blowing through Kentucky and Tennessee have caused GM to cease production while the blizzard rages.
The Detroit Free Press reports that the winter storm – named “Octavia” – has dropped around 6 inches of snow from Missouri to Kentucky, forcing the Bowling Green, KY and Spring Hill, TN facilities to idle while roads are cleared and power restored. The Bowling Green plant produces the Chevrolet Corvette, and Spring Hill produces the Chevy Equinox, four-cylinder motors, and other components.
Last winter was particularly harsh in the US – so harsh, according to the Free Press, that national auto production declined by a staggering 5.1 percent in January of 2014, compared to the same month a year prior. By contrast, the effects of this year’s more infrequent extreme winter weather have been relatively minuscule on production.
The plant at Bowling Green is expected to reopen Wednesday.