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To: BNSF Carload Customers

Midwest Rail Operations Update

A major storm system will bring snow, wintry mix and ice over the Plains and Midwest Saturday evening and spread into the Ohio Valley and Northeast by Sunday night and into Monday.

The states most impacted include South Dakota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee and the northern tips of New Mexico and Texas. This storm could bring an additional 6 to 12 inches of snow, with possible ice accumulations and a return to sub-zero temperatures. It is also expected to cause heavy snow and ice accumulations in the northeastern United States.

BNSF is making early preparations – positioning snow-removal equipment, support staff and responders – in order to recover quickly from adverse storm impacts. Also, for select unit trains, BNSF is activating alternate gateways to avoid forecasted storm areas and mitigate potential traffic delays.

BNSF continues to modify its Transportation Service Plan (TSP) to route traffic away from congested locations, and to coordinate and re-route shipments with eastern carriers through alternate interchange gateways as conditions warrant.

As mentioned in previous updates, customers tracing their freight may notice nonstandard routings, locations and interchanges. Some traffic re-routing could lead to longer overall transit times by several days longer than under normal conditions.

We recognize the continuing impact that current conditions are having on our customers and we are committed to restoring service levels as quickly as possible.

If you have questions, please contact BNSF Customer Support at 1-888-428-2673 (select option 4, then option 3).

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