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2011 Service Updates (Jan - June)

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Flooding Impacts Union Pacific Operations between Atchison, Kan. and Leavenworth, Kan.
The increased release of water from Gavins Point dam last week and heavy rains this week have caused significant flooding along our Falls City Subdivision between Atchison, Kan. and Leavenworth, Kan. We will continue to reroute all trains moving through this corridor. Customers with shipments moving through the affected areas should expect 24- to 48-hour delays.

Operations and engineering personnel are also closely monitoring water levels and track conditions along our River Subdivision between Kansas City, Mo. and Jefferson City, Mo. Crews are working to position materials and equipment to raise track in exposed areas as needed.

The embargo in St. Joseph, Mo. remains in effect for both inbound and outbound shipments. Customers with questions about shipments into and out of the St. Joseph area should contact the National Customer Center at 1-800-272-8777.

Thank you for your continued cooperation as we work to maintain operations. We will continue to post updates on changing conditions on our website.

Monday, June 27, 2011

UP Re-Issues Embargo for St. Joseph; Crews Prepare for Rising Water Levels Between Atchison and Leavenworth
The increased release of water from Gavins Point last week, combined with heavy rains this weekend south of the Omaha/Council Bluffs metro area, has increased concern about flooding along our Falls City Subdivision between Atchison, KS and Leavenworth, KS. Engineering crews are currently working in the area to raise main line track levels and bridges through mid- week, when the Missouri River level is expected to reach 28 feet. As a result, operations will be rerouting all trains moving through this corridor. Customers with shipments moving in this corridor should expect 24- to 48-hour delays.

City crews are working to construct flood walls in St. Joseph, MO, where heavy rain over the weekend has created flash flooding conditions across the area. We will be re-issuing our embargo today in St. Joseph, MO for both inbound and outbound shipments in the area. Customers with questions about shipments into and out of the St. Joseph area should contact the National Customer Center at 1-800-272-8777.

Operations and engineering personnel are also closely monitoring water levels and track conditions along our River Subdivision between Kansas City, MO and Jefferson City, MO, where additional rainfall over the weekend has renewed flooding concerns.

Thank you for continued cooperation as we work to maintain operations. We will continue to post updates on changing conditions on our website.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

UP Prepares for Additional Water Release Along the Missouri River
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced last night that they are further increasing water releases from Gavins Point dam in South Dakota starting today, due to heavy rainfall in the area. With the projected increase in water levels along the Missouri River, along with local rainfall, there is renewed concern about flooding in the area from Atchison, KS to Leavenworth, KS.

Engineering crews have been on site to raise the level of Union Pacific main line track and bridges in the area, as well as adjust the height of signals to lessen the impact of the higher water levels. While operations personnel project the raised track and bridge levels will safeguard main line infrastructure from the increased water release along the Missouri River, additional local rainfall poses a further threat. We will continue to closely monitor track conditions and issue embargoes in the area if weather conditions make it necessary.

We will continue to post updates on changing conditions on our website

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Union Pacific Cancels St. Joseph Embargo
As water levels along the Missouri River continue to rise slower than originally expected between Omaha/Council Bluffs and Kansas City, Union Pacific has canceled the embargo for inbound shipments to St. Joseph and nearby Elwood, Kansas. Water level projections now indicate that flooding of Union Pacific track is unlikely in the St. Joseph and Atchison areas without significant local rainfall. Operations and engineering personnel will continue to monitor track conditions, and we will reinstate the embargo at a later date if necessary.

Engineering work in the Omaha and Council Bluffs area will be completed this week to raise track level and bridges in key areas to protect operations along the east-west route between North Platte, Nebraska and Chicago. The curfews required for this work are resulting in some delays, along with the rerouting of some train traffic across this corridor.

We will continue to post updates on changing conditions on our website.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Union Pacific Prepares for Anticipated Flooding between Omaha/Council Bluffs and Kansas City
Water levels along the Missouri River continue to rise slower than originally expected between Omaha/Council Bluffs and Kansas City, due in part to a levee breach at Hamburg, Iowa, which has dispersed water into area farmlands south of Council Bluffs. Officials now anticipate flooding will most likely occur the middle of next week in the Atchison, Kansas area.

The anticipated timeframe for flooding in St. Joseph, Missouri has now also been pushed back to next week. With the embargo in place for inbound only shipments to St. Joseph and nearby Elwood, Kansas, rail service for outbound shipments will remain in place until such time as water levels impede operations. Our National Customer Service Center personnel and field operations continue to assist area customers in providing outbound service that matches their own contingency plans. They are also working to pull and store cars for those customers who anticipate to be negatively impacted by the flooding.

Significant engineering work continues in the Omaha and Council Bluffs area through this weekend to raise track level and bridges in key areas to protect operations along the east-west route between North Platte, Nebraska and Chicago. The curfews required for this work are resulting in some delays, along with the rerouting of some train traffic across this corridor.

We will continue to post updates on changing conditions on our website.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Update: Union Pacific Prepares for Anticipated Flooding between Omaha/Council Bluffs and Kansas City
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will increase the water releases at Gavins Point Dam in South Dakota to full levels starting tomorrow. While water levels along the Missouri River are rising slower than originally expected between Omaha/Council Bluffs and Kansas City, flooding is anticipated by later this week or into the weekend. We now expect flooding conditions in the Atchison, Kansas area by this weekend and train traffic will be rerouted from the area by Thursday of this week to allow engineering crews to remove signals.

As water levels increase, St. Joseph, Missouri is now expected to be flooded later this week. In preparation, Union Pacific issued an embargo for inbound shipments only to St. Joseph and nearby Elwood, Kansas late last week. Rail service for outbound shipments will remain in place until such time as water levels impede operations. Our National Customer Service Center personnel are actively working with customers and field operations to assist area customers in providing outbound service that matches their own contingency plans. They are also working to pull and store cars for those customers who anticipate to be negatively impacted by the flooding.

In the Omaha and Council Bluffs area, Union Pacific operations personnel continue work to raise the Union Pacific track level and bridges in key areas, including in the Blair subdivision north of Omaha, to protect operations along the east-west route between North Platte, Nebraska and Chicago. The curfews required for this work are resulting in some delays to train traffic across this corridor.

We will continue to post updates on changing conditions on our website.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Union Pacific Prepares for Anticipated Flooding between Atchison, Kansas and Kansas City
As the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers continues to increase releases from dams along the Missouri River, current projections are that flooding south of Atchison, Kansas will negatively impact our route between Atchison and Kansas City beginning early next week. Additionally, flooding on a portion of our route east of Kansas City will most likely occur by the middle of next week. Union Pacific is developing operating contingency plans to reroute trains around the affected areas to maintain service.

We expect our access to St. Joseph, Missouri to be severed by flooding early next week. To give our customers time to plan, Union Pacific has issued an embargo for inbound shipments only to St. Joseph and nearby Elwood, Kansas. Rail service for outbound shipments will remain in place until such time as water levels impede operations. Our National Customer Service Center personnel are actively working with customers and field operations to assist area customers in providing outbound service that matches their own contingency plans. They will also work to pull and store cars for those customers who anticipate to be negatively impacted by the flooding.

We will continue to post updates on changing conditions on our website.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Union Pacific Prepares for Anticipated Flooding from Sioux City, Iowa to Omaha/Council Bluffs Area
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is increasing releases from the six dams on the Missouri River to drain water from record rains of up to 8 inches that fell in eastern Montana and Wyoming and western North Dakota and South Dakota over the past several weeks. Heavy runoff from melting snow in the northern Rocky Mountains is expected to add to water levels in the coming weeks. As a result, flooding conditions are anticipated to affect communities from Sioux City, Iowa to the Omaha/Council Bluffs area.

River levels are expected to reach record highs by mid-June, making it difficult to predict the impact on Union Pacific-served industries and rail operations in these areas over the coming weeks. In areas where flooding conditions are imminent, Union Pacific will be taking precautionary action to protect equipment and infrastructure and coordinate efforts with our customers and Operating team to provide assistance as necessary. Additionally, we are currently considering embargoes for customers affected by the flooding conditions. No impact to the mainline is expected at this time.

Due to the uncertainty of the actual events and duration of the flooding, we will continue to closely monitor water levels across the area and provide updates as they become available.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Storms Across the South Impact UP Operations in Arkansas
Storms and heavy rains across the south continue to impact rail operations in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. The southbound route through Pine Bluff, Ark. is currently closed due to damage to the Bayou Meto Bridge near Stuttgart, Ark. Crews are working to make repairs and restore operations to normal levels. Operations are currently anticipated to resume early morning tomorrow, Saturday, May 28.

Additionally, operations are slowly returning to normal between Kansas City and Little Rock; and Kansas City and Fort Worth as crews work off the backlog of traffic caused by the derailment earlier this week.

Customers should continue to expect 12- to 24-hour delays to shipments moving through all impacted areas.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Operations Returning to Normal Between Kansas City and Little Rock; Kansas City and Fort Worth
Union Pacific continues to recover from the impact of the tornadoes and heavy rains across Oklahoma, Kansas, Arkansas and Missouri earlier this week. While tracks have been cleared and train operations have resumed over the affected lines, residual maintenance is required in certain locations.

Customers can continue to expect 12- to 24-hours of delay to shipments moving on the corridors between Kansas City, Kan. and North Little Rock, Ark; and Kansas City and Fort Worth, Tex.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Storms Across the South Impact UP Operations Between Kansas City and Little Rock; Kansas City and Fort Worth
Strong storms last evening and throughout today, producing tornadoes, heavy rain and flooding have created washouts and left downed trees, power lines and other debris across our main line track from areas south of Kansas City and Wichita to Dallas/Fort Worth. Where possible, we are re-routing traffic through St. Louis, Mo. and routes south of Kansas City.

Crews are working with local power companies to remove downed power lines, clear debris and make track repairs to restore operations in the impacted areas.

Customers with north-south shipments moving through the Kansas City, Kan. and Little Rock, Ark; and Kansas City and Fort Worth, Tex. corridors should continue to expect delays of 12- to 24-hours as operations resume and crews work off the backlog of traffic caused by the derailment earlier this week.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Derailment Impacts Union Pacific Operations Between Kansas City and Little Rock; Kansas City and Fort Worth
A derailment yesterday on the main southbound corridor near Parsons, Kan. is impeding traffic between Kansas City, Kan. and Little Rock, Ark; and Kansas City and Fort Worth, Tex. Union Pacific is re-routing traffic through St. Louis, Mo. and alternate routes south of Kansas City.

Crews are working to clear the tracks and restore operations to normal levels. Operations are currently anticipated to resume tomorrow, Wednesday, May 25.

Customers with shipments moving through the impacted areas should expect delays of 12- to 24-hours.

We will continue to provide updates as more information becomes available.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Operations Resume in Arkansas and Southern Illinois
Rail operations have returned to normal across key routes in north and west Arkansas following flooding and washouts last week.

Additionally, rail traffic in Southern Illinois has also returned to normal. Northbound traffic previously rerouted through St. Louis, Mo. has resumed interchange at Salem, Ill.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Rerouting Continues for Interchange Traffic in Southern Illinois
Rail operations are slowly returning to normal across key routes in north and west Arkansas, following flooding and washouts last week. We have experienced short term water issues and service interruptions in Eastern Arkansas in the past 24 hours but have continued to operate with minimal delays.

Rail traffic in Southern Illinois also continues to be rerouted due to washouts near Salem, Ill. Northbound traffic normally interchanged at Salem is being interchanged with eastern carriers at St. Louis, Mo.

Customers should continue to anticipate delays to shipments moving through the impacted areas over the next several days as crews work off the backlog of traffic and operations return to normal.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Operations Resume in Arkansas; Update: Southern Illinois Traffic Rerouted
Operations are returning to normal across key routes north and west of Little Rock, Ark. following washouts produced by a band of thunderstorms this past weekend.

Additionally, traffic in Southern Illinois continues to be rerouted due to washouts near Salem, Ill. Northbound traffic normally interchanged at Salem will be interchanged with eastern carriers at St. Louis, Mo.

Customers should continue to anticipate delays to shipments moving through the impacted areas over the next few days as resources are replenished and crews work off the backlog of traffic.

Sunday, May 1, 2011 11:00 a.m.

Washout North and West of Little Rock
Update:  Southern Illinois Traffic Rerouted
A band of thunderstorms stretching from North Texas through Arkansas has produced up to 6 inches of rain. Key routes north and west of Little Rock, Ark. have been washed out. Maintainence personnel are working to address the issues and we expect to have portions of the routes open early Sunday evening. Additionally, storms earlier in the week produced washouts in Southern Illinois and has forced us to reroute traffic traveling in our north/south corridor between Chicago and the southwest.

Customers can expect 24-48 hours of delay for traffic moving through the impacted areas.

Wednesday, Thursday, April 28, 2011 - 4:00 p.m.

Storms Impact Operations Between Texas and Southern Illinois, East-West Interchange Traffic
The tornado outbreak that caused heavy damage across much of the South last night is impeding east-west rail operations for interchange traffic through the New Orleans and Shreveport gateways. As a result, Union Pacific will be re-routing some connecting traffic through the Memphis gateway.

The series of storms this week also continues to create operational challenges on the eastern edge of Union Pacific's network between Northeast Texas and Southern Illinois, with heavy rain, flooding and debris clean-up. Where possible, we are using alternate routes.

Customers should continue to anticipate 24- to 48-hour delays to shipments moving through these impacted areas over the next few days.

Tuesday, April 27, 2011 - 1:00 p.m.

Operations Resume Between Texas and Missouri
Crews have now finished clearing debris from Union Pacific's main line track between Longview, Texas and Dexter, Missouri, following severe storms over the past few days. Power has been restored and operations have resumed in the area.

Customers should continue to anticipate 24- to 48-hour delays to shipments moving through the impacted area over the next few days, as crews work off the backlog of traffic and operations return to normal.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011 - 8:30 a.m.

Storms Impact Rail Operations Across Arkansas, northern Texas and Oklahoma and southern Missouri
Severe storms yesterday producing tornadoes, high winds and flooding have left downed trees and other debris covering Union Pacific's main line track between Longview, Texas and Dexter, Missouri. Power lines damaged in the storms have resulted in outages across the area, taking out track signals.

Crews have placed generators in the impacted areas and are working to clear debris and restore signals. Where possible, trains are being detoured in an effort to minimize delays.

Customers should anticipate 24- to 48-hour delays to shipments moving through the impacted area.

Union Pacific personnel are closely monitoring conditions across the area, where additional storms are forecasted later today.

Thursday, April 14, 2011 - 3:00 p.m.

Update: Flooding in Minneapolis/St. Paul Area
The water levels on the Minnesota and Mississippi Rivers in the St. Paul and surrounding areas have crested and have started to recede. The city of South St. Paul has begun to remove flood gates in areas of higher elevation, allowing access into Union Pacific's Hoffman and Park yards. In conjunction with this action, UP has begun to restore infrastructure to support the return to normal operations. Effective today, UP will begin to lift embargoes to coincide with the removal of flood gates and clean up of the affected areas.

While service is anticipated to be restored across much of the area this week, there is a threat of severe weather and additional flooding over the next several days. As a result, city officials in St. Paul will continue to leave some flood gates in place, preventing access to some local industries.

For a current list of embargoed locations, please refer to the embargo section of our website. We will continue to provide additional updates as new information becomes available.

Monday, April 4, 2011 - 3:00 p.m.

Update: Train Operations Resume in California
Union Pacific crews have worked around the clock to clear tracks at Donner Pass near Roseville, Calif. where record snowfall halted train operations last week. Train operations resumed this weekend, and we are experiencing minimal delays as the residual effects of this snow storm dissipate.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011 - 9:00 a.m.

Update: Flooding in Minneapolis/St. Paul Area
During the past several days, changes in weather patterns have altered current and projected water levels along some areas of the Minnesota and Mississippi rivers. Colder temperatures across the region last week have created a temporary lull in the run-off originally anticipated by officials and have resulted in a slower rise of river levels.

While this area is currently experiencing a lull in rising water levels, the weather forecast for the next two weeks indicates a warming trend with additional precipitation across the region. It is anticipated that water levels will again rise and will continue to threaten portions of Union Pacific track.

While continuing to monitor water levels on a daily basis, Union Pacific has been able to provide limited local service between Mankato and Henderson, Minn. near the Minnesota River. Flood gates remain closed and service has been suspended in St. Paul, Minn. at the Mississippi River. Flooding has also forced the closure of Union Pacific's line at Savage, Minn. with water predicted to be over the rail by tomorrow, Thursday, March 31, 2011.

Embargoes remain in effect for the following Minnesota locations: St. Paul, South St. Paul, Q Junction, Western Ave Spur, Savage, Burnsville, New Prague, Shakopee and Montgomery.

Customers with traffic moving through these areas should expect a 48- to 72-hour delay of shipments.

We will continue to provide updates as information becomes available.

Monday, March 28, 2011 - 2:00 p.m.

Heavy Snowfall Impacting Operations in California
Record snowfall across northern California has impacted Union Pacific operations. An estimated 200 inches of snow during the last month, plus an additional six feet of snow over the weekend, has forced the closure of Donner Pass, near Roseville, Calif. Union Pacific is rerouting traffic across alternate central routes between Roseville, Calif. and Salt Lake City, Utah and alternate southern routes between Roseville, Calif. and West Colton, Calif.

Crews are working to clear the tracks across the area and restore operations to normal levels. Customers with shipments moving through the impacted areas should expect delays of 24- to 48-hours.

We will continue to provide updates as more information becomes available.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011 - 4:00 p.m.

Union Pacific Prepares for Anticipated Flooding in Minneapolis/St. Paul Area
Due to the anticipated flooding that will occur in various areas of southern Minnesota, Union Pacific has issued embargoes for traffic destined to the affected stations west and south of St. Paul, Minn.

Today we are evacuating all rail cars from industries and yards in St. Paul as installation of floodgates will begin tomorrow. We will be unable to provide local service until the water recedes and the city opens the floodgates, allowing access to our yards in this area.

It is anticipated that flooding will force the closure of Union Pacific's line at Savage, Minn. by Friday, March 25, 2011. This will prevent access to Union Pacific's Valley Park yard from the east. It is also predicted that rising waters on the Minnesota River at Henderson, Minn. will cut off access to industries located north of Henderson on Thursday, March 24, 2011. These closures will create a virtual rail island between Valley Park and Henderson. Union Pacific will continue to provide local service to customers in this area for as long as on-hand inventory is present.

Main line traffic routed to or from connecting railroads in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area will be interchanged via our east Minneapolis yard and routed via Chicago. Customers with traffic moving through this area can expect 24- to 48-hour delays of shipments.

Due to the uncertainty of the actual events and duration of the flooding, we will provide updates as they become available.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011 - 3:00 p.m.

Union Pacific Prepares for Anticipated Flooding in Minneapolis/St. Paul Area
Due to heavy winter snows and cold temperatures in the Twin Cities area this winter season, the Corp of Engineers, NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) and City of St. Paul estimate a 90 percent probability of significant flooding in the Twin Cities area within the forecast dates of March 28 - April 15. Water levels on the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers could reach or exceed record levels not seen since 1964-65, impacting rail operations on Union Pacific's Mankato and Albert Lea subdivisions.

In order to prepare for potential flooding, city officials from St. Paul/South St. Paul have announced they will begin installing flood gates in low lying areas near Union Pacific yards on March 23. UP will also be taking precautionary action to protect equipment and infrastructure in the area, where possible. As a result, after March 22, we will suspend service at select locations in the St. Paul/Minneapolis area to allow for the safe evacuation of rail equipment. Over the next several days, we will be contacting customers in the impacted area to coordinate the removal of equipment from their facilities prior to the closing of Union Pacific yards.

Union Pacific will plan to issue embargoes to coincide with the closure and evacuation of the impacted facilities in the St. Paul/Minneapolis area. As water levels rise in the area over the next several weeks, it may become necessary to embargo additional locations.

Once operations are suspended, Union Pacific will not be able to provide service to customers and locations within the affected area until water levels subside and any necessary repairs or clean up efforts are complete. Additionally, customers with shipments moving through the Minneapolis/St. Paul area should expect 24- to 48-hour delays to shipments.

We will continue to provide updates as more information becomes available.

Friday, February 4, 2011 - 9:00 a.m.

Winter Storm Update - Chicago Area Continues to Recover
The Chicago area continues to recover from this week's severe winter storm. Crews have been working around the clock to clear drifted snow from our manifest and intermodal terminals in the area. Our manifest yards are processing at about 50 percent capacity today and expect to be at full productivity by the end of the weekend. Our four major intermodal facilities have begun to move outbound trains and are accepting inbound trains on arrival. Trains from the west coast will begin running toward Chicago today. We are interchanging traffic with the other Class I carriers, albeit at a slower pace than normal. It will be next week before we feel that we can process all of the backlogged trains into the Chicago area and get our local industry switching back to near normal levels.

Ice and below freezing temperatures in Texas, parts of western Arkansas and northeastern Louisiana have caused a slowing of our processing capability in the Dallas/Ft. Worth, San Antonio and Houston areas. All major terminals are processing at reduced levels. Temperatures are expected to moderate this weekend, so this will be a short-term incident.

Customers should expect to see delays in the above areas as we recover from these weather incidents.

Thursday, February 3, 2011 - 9:00 a.m.

Winter Storm Update - Chicago Area Slowly Recovering
The winter storm that impacted most of our operations in the eastern part of our network has moved east.  The Chicago area is slowly recovering from over two feet of snow and drifting conditions.  We are currently working to clear our facilities of drifted snow and do not expect to begin processing at any of our yards or intermodal ramps in the Chicago area until later this evening.  We are also working with our interchange partners in the Chicago area to plan for the exchange of traffic, however, this too is a slow process as they have been affected as well by the severe weather conditions.  Our main lines west and south of Chicago have been cleared so that we can begin to move backlogged traffic toward the area once the processing facilities are ready for it.  We are re-routing some traffic to and from eastern carriers via alternate gateways as opportunities exist.  No intermodal trains will depart from the west coast toward Chicago again today.

The remaining parts of our network are recovering as well and processing at near normal levels.  We are experiencing sporadic problems west of Ft. Worth with icy road conditions that are impacting our ability to get crews to trains.  We also have icing conditions in Kansas and Oklahoma as well.  These areas will have minimal impact to train operations.

Customers can continue to expect a minimum of 24-48 hours of delay for traffic moving to or through the impacted areas.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011 - 9:00 a.m.

Update - Winter Storm Impacts Operations
The monumental winter storm that is moving from the Southwest and Midwest to the Northeast portions of the United States has significantly impacted Union Pacific rail operations and our connecting line railroads. Among the hardest hit areas is Chicago, where heavy snowfall and 50 mph winds have left two feet of snow on the ground and another 6-12 inches anticipated today. All interstate highways in the city are impassable and rail operations in the Chicago terminal have temporarily ceased. Crews are unable to report to work and all Intermodal and manifest trains scheduled to depart from terminals in and around the Chicago area will not operate today. Additionally, all Intermodal trains scheduled to depart from West Coast locations destined to the Chicago area will not operate today, with many other trains currently on the network destined to Chicago being held in sidings. All rail lines west and south of Chicago are also shut down due to snow drifts which will need to be cleared before operations can resume into and out of the city.

Union Pacific's east-west mainline across Iowa has drifted snow across the tracks which will impact trains moving through the area particularly grain trains originating in Iowa and Minnesota. Snow plows will operate out of Omaha and Chicago to clear the route today. Ice, snow and high winds are forcing reduced operating levels in the St. Louis and Kansas City areas. Icy conditions in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area have slowed rail operations. Road conditions in these areas is also impacting the ability of train crews and maintenance employees to report to work, impacting service to many local industries.

The cumulative effect of this storm will be a general slowing of operations in the eastern parts of the Union Pacific network. We expect crews will be able to clear routes and work off the backlog of trains held across the system over the next several days.

Customers should continue to anticipate a minimum of 24- to 48-hour delays to all shipments moving through the impacted areas. We will continue to keep you updated as more information becomes available.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011 - 3:00 p.m.

Winter Storm Impacts Operations
The large winter storm moving between southwestern New Mexico across the Midwest to the Northeast is beginning to have an impact on Union Pacific operations in Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Texas. Ice, snow, high winds and cold temperatures are impeding our ability to transport crews to trains and key terminals have seen a decline in their processing capabilities. We are expecting significant deterioration in the weather conditions over the next day or two which will continue to hamper operations.

Customers with traffic moving in these impacted areas should expect 24 to 48 hours of delay to their shipments. We are carefully monitoring the broad path of this storm, and will continue to keep you updated.

If you have any questions please contact your Union Pacific representative.

Monday, January 31, 2011 - 11:00 a.m.

Union Pacific Prepares for Winter Storm
Union Pacific is making preparations for the arrival of a large winter storm, expected to take shape later today over the Rockies then spread from the Plains and Midwest to the Great Lakes and the Northeast. Forecasters have said the storm could drop up to an inch of freezing rain, combined with high winds, whiteout conditions and snowdrifts that could reach several feet in parts of the region. The National Weather Service said the storm was expected to hit the region particularly hard on Tuesday and Wednesday, before making its way to the East Coast. Bitterly cold temperatures are also forecast.

Chicago and Milwaukee are expected to be particularly hard-hit as the week progresses. The weather service issued a blizzard watch for Tuesday and Wednesday for southern Wisconsin, northern Illinois and northwest Indiana. Forecasters said snowfall totals could reach up to two feet in some areas.

Union Pacific operations personnel have initiated severe weather contingency plans and are staging resources at areas of concern.

Customers should anticipate delays to shipments moving through the impacted areas. We will continue to provide updates as the storm develops.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011 - 11:00 a.m.

Winter Storm Impacts Operations in Arkansas
Heavy snow, icy conditions and cold temperatures continue to hamper operations in the Little Rock and Pine Bluff, Arkansas terminals.

Temperatures are forecasted to improve across the area later this week. Customers with shipments moving through the impacted areas should continue to expect delays of up to 24 hours as operations return to normal.

Monday, January 10, 2011 - 2:00 p.m.

Winter Storm Impacts Operations in Arkansas
A winter storm moving across the southern region of the country has negatively impacted Union Pacific operations in the Little Rock and Pine Bluff, Arkansas terminals. Heavy snow, icy conditions and cold temperatures have hampered switching and slowed the movement of trains in these areas.

Crews are working to clear snow and restore operations to normal levels. Customers with shipments moving through the impacted areas should expect delays of 24 hours.

Light snow is expected to continue to fall across the region today with patchy freezing drizzle. We will continue to provide updates on our website as information becomes available.