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Early Spring Snow Storm Expected to Impact Service

A fast-moving storm system is bringing snow, high winds and sub-zero temperatures to the Northern Plains and Upper Midwest through Tuesday. Snowfall rates as high as two inches per hour combined with 45 mph wind gusts are expected across much of the Northern Plains. The states most impacted include Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

To quickly mitigate the potential negative effects from the storm, BNSF has taken pro-active measures to leverage our network and utilize alternative routes to reduce the total train volume expected in the immediate path of the storm. We have redeployed many of our Winter Action Plans from the last several months to pre-position snow removal equipment and supplement key manpower to improve storm-required responsiveness in the affected areas. For select unit trains, BNSF is activating alternate gateways to avoid forecasted storm areas and mitigate potential traffic delays.

As the storm develops, BNSF will continue 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.

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 compared to normal conditions.

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

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