Winter Storm Jaden brings Chicago Freight to a Grinding Halt

Winter Storm Jaden brings Chicago Freight to a Grinding Halt

2019-01-30T14:49:55+00:00January 30th, 2019|Freight Market, Shipping News|

A winter storm warning is still in effect through January 31st after Winter Storm Jaden brought up-to six inches of snow from the Michigan Peninsula down through Missouri. With wind chills values 30 to 60 degrees below zero, the trucking industry has stalled operations with interline services, like Norfolk Southern, halting domestic and international shipments headed to Chicago from hubs across the east coast.

Norfolk Southern announced the following closures effective 5:00pm Tuesday, January 29th, and until further notice:

DOMESTIC

  • Ayer to Chicago
  • Charlotte to Chicago
  • Columbus to Chicago
  • Mechanicville to Chicago
  • Norfolk (Portlock) to Chicago
  • Taylor to Chicago

INTERNATIONAL

  • Charlotte to Chicago
  • Cincinnati to Chicago
  • Cleveland to Chicago
  • Columbus to Chicago
  • Detroit to Chicago
  • Norfolk (Portlock) to Chicago
  • Jacksonville to Chicago

Drivers in-gating shipments in Chicago should expect to out-gate their shipments. The temporary closures will not impact loaded interline shipments billed through Chicago via steel-wheel interchange with the exception of select destinations on western rail carriers.

Union Pacific Corporation has also closed their Chicago lanes for shipments to California, Utah, and Nevada until further notice.

BNSF Railway also announced they will be restricting train lengths in the Midwest due to the extreme temperatures. The environment creates challenges for the trains’ braking systems due to reduced air flow.

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