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To: BNSF Intermodal 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.

This new storm will likely prolong the Chicago area operations’ designation at Alert Level 3, reported earlier this week, by the Chicago Transportation Coordination Office (CTCO) across all carriers. The CTCO consists of representatives from all U.S. and Canadian Class I railroads.

In response to Alert Level 3 conditions, all railroad carriers continue to work together to re-route certain traffic destinations to alternate gateways and alternate interchange and processing points when possible.

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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