Severe Weather to Impact Pacific Northwest This Weekend
High wind watches are in effect for western Washington and Oregon as a powerful storm system is expected to impact the Pacific Northwest this weekend. The harshest conditions are expected late Saturday into Sunday as some coastal areas could experience wind gusts of over 65 miles per hour. Several more inches of rain, as well as snow in the higher elevations, is also expected. Along with the potential for flooding and mudslides, widespread tree damage and significant power outages are likely.
BNSF crews will be monitoring the conditions closely. If warranted, we will activate our Command Center to manage storm response around the clock. We are prepared to implement procedures to maximize safety and to minimize potential service disruptions through the region. BNSF crews are also ready to quickly respond to any washouts and the need for track repairs.
In addition to severe weather in the Pacific Northwest, we have experienced some recent service challenges in northern Montana. Heavy train flows and other factors, including flooding issues along our main line near Glasgow, have negatively impacted performance. We continue to work with the Montana Rail Link (MRL) in utilizing alternative routes to alleviate congestion. 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). We will continue to provide customers with further updates on any significant service interruptions.