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    23.830
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    11,371.250
    24.020
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  • TSTOPVRPM.CHIATL
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    0.030
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    0.010
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  • TSTOPVRPM.LAXDAL
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    0.060
    1.6%
  • TSTOPVRPM.PHLCHI
    2.140
    -0.010
    -0.5%
  • TSTOPVRPM.LAXSEA
    4.100
    -0.100
    -2.4%
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    136.000
    -3.000
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  • ITVI.USA
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    23.830
    0.2%
  • OTLT.USA
    3.510
    -0.005
    -0.1%
  • OTRI.USA
    20.180
    -0.080
    -0.4%
  • OTVI.USA
    11,371.250
    24.020
    0.2%
  • TSTOPVRPM.ATLPHL
    2.580
    -0.120
    -4.4%
  • TSTOPVRPM.CHIATL
    3.550
    0.030
    0.9%
  • TSTOPVRPM.DALLAX
    1.300
    0.010
    0.8%
  • TSTOPVRPM.LAXDAL
    3.710
    0.060
    1.6%
  • TSTOPVRPM.PHLCHI
    2.140
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  • TSTOPVRPM.LAXSEA
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InsightsNewsWeather and Critical Events

Snowstorms slamming three freight regions this week (with forecast video)

Two snowstorms will likely slow down supply chains in three freight regions the next two days. One storm is producing icy conditions too.

Mountain Prairie and Midwest regions

A potent low-pressure system and associated cold front are moving through parts of the Plains to the Great Lakes. Snowfall and freezing rain are making roads very slick in places like Omaha and North Platte, Nebraska; Des Moines, Iowa; Rochester, Minneapolis-St. Paul and Duluth, Minnesota; as well as Eau Claire and La Crosse, Wisconsin. Many of these areas, and spots in between, are under winter storm warnings for several inches of potential snowfall or ice storm warnings for up to a quarter inch of ice.

Ice will build up mostly on bridges, overpasses and other elevated surfaces, impacting drivers on Interstates 35, 80 and 94. However, some secondary roads that were not pretreated may become icy.

This storm should fade Tuesday afternoon or evening, but conditions will remain hazardous Tuesday night and Wednesday morning with temperatures well below freezing.

Northwest region

Heavy snowfall and gusty winds will continue in the Cascades of Washington and Oregon Tuesday, possibly lingering into Wednesday. High elevations could see 10 to 20 inches, with limited visibility at times. Trouble spots include McKenzie Pass, Santiam Pass, Mount Rainier and Mount St. Helens. Drivers may hit some slick spots on I-90 from Spokane, Washington, to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, where a few inches of snowfall could pile up.

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.

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