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Cold Weather "Bomb Cyclone" Expected to Impact the Lower 48 States This Weekend

The national transportation network will be severely impacted by weather today and this weekend. Per a report from NBC News, every single one of the lower 48 states has a weather warning of some form, with high winds affecting 145 million people, and winter storm warnings in effect for 56 million people across the country. The National Weather Service reports that this winter storm is "VERY active", and has the possibility of not only bringing -50 degree wind chill and intense blizzard conditions, but the possibility of tornadoes and severe thunderstorms, as well. Temperatures are expected to break low records especially in the Northern Plains of the US. 

 

As a result, overland transport across the country will be affected, with all modes of transport seeing potential delays and cancellations. National LTL (less-than-truckload) carrier Estes Express has already issued a service warning for terminals across the country, with presently 20 terminals closed, with over 60 terminals reduced to limited service. We expect to see other carriers, including air freight and full truckload, announce similar closures and service impacts in the coming hours.  Vendors throughout the US may also be experiencing heavy delays or closures until the storm blows over early next week. 

 

Audit Logistics will continue to monitor the weather and how it affects our current projects and active loads. Please reach out to your freight manager or warehouse manager if you have any questions or specific concerns with impacts from the storm.

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