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30 January 2019

IPI Service Alert

Date: January 30, 2019

To: All Our Valuable Customers

Re: IPI Service Alert

Winter Storm Jayden is now spreading snow and rain across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. Winter storm warnings and winter weather advisories continue across the Great Lakes region. A blizzard warning is also in effect for parts of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan until early Thursday (Weather Channel).

Update from BNSF Railroad :

  • BNSF is experiencing extreme winter weather across the northern Plains and upper Midwest. Snow and temperatures at or below zero are presenting significant operating challenges for train and hub operations, with facilities in the Chicago area and Minnesota experiencing the most significant impacts. The region will experience even colder, likely record-breaking temperatures, during the next 48 hours.”
  • “With wind chill temperatures expected to drop to near 50 below zero by Wednesday morning, train loading/unloading operations and customer ingate/outgate activity are expected to be significantly reduced. The impact of lower velocity across the supply chain is already creating backlogged, inbound train staging and elevated lot inventories across the system.”
  • • “In order to restore normal operations as quickly and effectively as possible once weather conditions improve, it will be important to keep lot inventory levels at each facility, and across the entirety of our network, in balance. This effort will require BNSF to implement restrictions/embargoes at origin points that load to/from Chicago and St. Paul area facilities later this week.”
  • “As conditions allow, customers are encouraged to prioritize the pick-up of units that have been unloaded at facilities. Prompt pick-up will help improve traffic flows, reduce lot congestion and provide the space needed for processing inbound shipments as quickly as possible. We also encourage drivers to download and use BNSF Railway’s mobile application, RailPASS, to receive real-time notifications, instructions and inventory updates that can help speed recovery.”

Update from Union Pacific Railroad:

  • Due to extremely low forecasted temperatures, the Council Bluffs ramp will not operate January 30, 2019. The ramp will resume normal operations at 09:00 CST, January 31, 2019.”

Imperial will continue to provide you with additional information as it become available. The next update to this service advisory will be provided.

Please feel free to contact us for any question or concern.