High Winds Impacting U.S. Midwest Operations

We have received updates from some of the Class I railroads in regards to the high winds, and other weather conditions, that are impacting the United States. Below we have outlined these service announcements, as well as the last date they were updated.

Union Pacific

Updated Thursday, 12/16/21

High wind gusts, along with several tornadoes, impacted the Midwest and upper Midwest sections of the UP network yesterday, Wednesday, December 15th, 2021. The UP experienced several service interruptions across their system that are impacting overall operations:

  • Yesterday’s storms impacted the states of Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. The storms produced the highest volume of hurricane force wind gusts ever recorded in a single day across the entire United States.
  • The storms generated 55 hurricane force thunderstorms with wind gusts of 70-110 miles per hour.
  • Twenty tornadoes were reported throughout Nebraska, Iowa, and Minnesota.
  • A rockslide in Northern California is impacting operations in the west.

Customers with shipments moving through the impacted areas can expect delays between 24 and 36 hours as the UP begins to work off the backlog of traffic and resume normal operations.