• ITVI.USA
    14,347.600
    105.650
    0.7%
  • OTRI.USA
    22.380
    -0.310
    -1.4%
  • OTVI.USA
    14,344.040
    98.760
    0.7%
  • TLT.USA
    2.760
    0.020
    0.7%
  • TSTOPVRPM.ATLPHL
    2.650
    -0.300
    -10.2%
  • TSTOPVRPM.PHLCHI
    1.970
    0.010
    0.5%
  • TSTOPVRPM.LAXSEA
    2.990
    -0.310
    -9.4%
  • TSTOPVRPM.LAXDAL
    2.490
    -0.200
    -7.4%
  • TSTOPVRPM.DALLAX
    1.460
    -0.040
    -2.7%
  • TSTOPVRPM.CHIATL
    3.280
    -0.100
    -3%
  • WAIT.USA
    127.000
    0.000
    0%
  • ITVI.USA
    14,347.600
    105.650
    0.7%
  • OTRI.USA
    22.380
    -0.310
    -1.4%
  • OTVI.USA
    14,344.040
    98.760
    0.7%
  • TLT.USA
    2.760
    0.020
    0.7%
  • TSTOPVRPM.ATLPHL
    2.650
    -0.300
    -10.2%
  • TSTOPVRPM.PHLCHI
    1.970
    0.010
    0.5%
  • TSTOPVRPM.LAXSEA
    2.990
    -0.310
    -9.4%
  • TSTOPVRPM.LAXDAL
    2.490
    -0.200
    -7.4%
  • TSTOPVRPM.DALLAX
    1.460
    -0.040
    -2.7%
  • TSTOPVRPM.CHIATL
    3.280
    -0.100
    -3%
  • WAIT.USA
    127.000
    0.000
    0%
InsightsNewsWeather and Critical Events

Strong winds hitting high volume freight markets Thursday (with forecast video)

Truckers will face high winds Thursday from the Plains to the Midwest, posing a challenge as they head to several busy freight markets. They won’t be as notoriously strong as frequent winds across Wyoming and the Dakotas, even on clear days, but rollovers will be possible.

A strong cold front moving through these regions won’t produce any rain or snow Thursday, but it will whip up wind gusts of 40 to 55 mph from Kansas City, Missouri, and Tulsa, Oklahoma, to St. Louis, Chicago, Detroit and Indianapolis, in addition to Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. The National Weather Service has issued wind advisories for these areas and places in between, lasting until early Thursday evening. Sustained winds will reach 25 to 35 mph, with prevailing winds from the south and southwest.

Major interstate highways impacted include I-44, I-55, I-57, I-65, I-70, I-71, I-75 and I-94.

Impact on freight

Thursday’s winds will impact drivers heading to several busy freight markets that are under the wind advisories. They include Kansas City, Chicago and Joliet, Illinois; Indianapolis, as well as Columbus. The FreightWaves SONAR map of the Outbound Tender Volume Index (OTVI) below supports this.


SONAR ticker: OTVI map

OTVI measures the amount of loads offered by shippers to carriers. The markets previously mentioned appear dark blue on the map and are among the top 15 highest OTVI values out of 135 markets. In other words, this is where a lot of the freight is, so many drivers may be heading there today to grab loads. If they’re deadheading (hauling an empty trailer) or carrying light loads, the strong wind gusts could cause rollovers.

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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.