• ITVI.USA
    15,804.330
    22.060
    0.1%
  • OTRI.USA
    27.150
    0.320
    1.2%
  • OTVI.USA
    15,791.050
    32.880
    0.2%
  • TLT.USA
    2.580
    0.020
    0.8%
  • TSTOPVRPM.ATLPHL
    2.990
    0.140
    4.9%
  • TSTOPVRPM.CHIATL
    3.630
    0.320
    9.7%
  • TSTOPVRPM.DALLAX
    1.520
    0.120
    8.6%
  • TSTOPVRPM.LAXDAL
    2.880
    0.210
    7.9%
  • TSTOPVRPM.PHLCHI
    2.320
    0.200
    9.4%
  • TSTOPVRPM.LAXSEA
    3.260
    0.190
    6.2%
  • WAIT.USA
    125.000
    -1.000
    -0.8%
  • ITVI.USA
    15,804.330
    22.060
    0.1%
  • OTRI.USA
    27.150
    0.320
    1.2%
  • OTVI.USA
    15,791.050
    32.880
    0.2%
  • TLT.USA
    2.580
    0.020
    0.8%
  • TSTOPVRPM.ATLPHL
    2.990
    0.140
    4.9%
  • TSTOPVRPM.CHIATL
    3.630
    0.320
    9.7%
  • TSTOPVRPM.DALLAX
    1.520
    0.120
    8.6%
  • TSTOPVRPM.LAXDAL
    2.880
    0.210
    7.9%
  • TSTOPVRPM.PHLCHI
    2.320
    0.200
    9.4%
  • TSTOPVRPM.LAXSEA
    3.260
    0.190
    6.2%
  • WAIT.USA
    125.000
    -1.000
    -0.8%
InsightsNewsWeather and Critical Events

Potential Midwest snowstorm coming soon

Heavy snowfall, gusty winds, some icy conditions beginning late this weekend

Truckers should be ready for a disruptive winter storm across several Midwestern states just a few days from now.

A storm system will track into the region and gain strength over the upcoming weekend. From Sunday afternoon/evening into Monday, it could produce a wintry mix of moderate to heavy snowfall, freezing rain, sleet and gusty winds.

Potential snowfall accumulations may be as high as 12 inches in some areas, with pockets of higher totals. As much as a quarter-inch of ice buildup is possible, especially in the far southern portion of the potential impact zone (see attached video).

Major cities and transportation hubs that could experience delays in freight flows and supply chains include Chicago, Kansas City, Milwaukee, Detroit, Cleveland and Buffalo. Most of these are top freight markets regarding levels of outbound volume. A lot of shippers are offering loads for carriers to pick up in these areas, as shown in the FreightWaves chart below of the Outbound Tender Volume Index (OTVI).


SONAR ticker: OTVI Watchlist

Drivers will have issues on several major interstate highways, including I-29, I-35, I-70, I-75, I-80, I-81 and I-90.

Wind gusts above 30 mph could cause significant blowing and drifting snow, leading to reduced visibility and periods of possible whiteout conditions. Additionally, the risk of power outages will be increased, especially in areas that see the highest ice totals.

Other notable weather

Look for areas of heavy snowfall Thursday in the northern Rockies, spreading into the central and southern Rockies Friday. Lake-effect snowfall will continue to pile up in portions of the interior Northeast and northern Great Lakes.

Beginning this weekend, periods of snowfall will also hit the Sierra Nevada in eastern California and the Wasatch Range in Utah. This pattern could last for several days, with up to 24 inches of accumulation. At some point, a few inches may even blanket the Los Angeles suburbs as snow levels could drop to 1,000 feet.

Heavy rain and a few thunderstorms Thursday and Friday will soak parts of the Deep South. Localized flash flooding may lead to road closures along sections of the I-10, I-20 and I-55 corridors.

Click here for more FreightWaves articles by Nick Austin.

Nick Austin, Director of Weather Analytics and Senior Meteorologist

In his nearly 20 years of weather forecasting experience, Nick worked on air at WBBJ-TV and WRCB-TV, including time spent doing weather analysis and field reporting. He received his Bachelor of Science in Meteorology from Florida State University as well as a Bachelor of Science in Management from Georgia Institute of Technology. Nick is also a member of the American Meteorological Society and National Weather Association. As a member of the weather team at WBBJ-TV in Jackson, Tennessee, Nick was nominated for a Mid-South Emmy for live coverage of a major tornado outbreak in 2008. As part of the weather team at WRCB-TV in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Nick shared the Chattanooga Times-Free Press Best of the Best award for “Best Weather Team” for eight consecutive years. Nick earned his National Weather Association Broadcasting Seal in 2005.