November 11, 2014 First Winter Storm of the Season: Astro (November 11, 2014) The first winter storm of the season, named Astro, brought significant snow to parts of the Plains and Midwest. Snow-covered roads were reported as far east as northwest Wisconsin Monday, and winter storm warnings were in effect from the northern Rockies to the northern Great Lakes. Heavy snow continues today over the Upper Midwest and Western Great Plains before moving into Canada on Wednesday. Reports of embargoed freeze protection service for shipments moving to, through, and from the following areas today: Illinois–Northern half Iowa-Northern half Michigan-Northern half Nebraska-Northern half As we head into Winter, snow storms such as this will be a factor when it comes to transportation. It’s important for logistics planners to proactively strategize and take the time to determine if their current supply chain strategy could weather the storm. Follow these few tips to be more prepared this Winter: Winter Storm planning tips Monitor weather reports on The Weather Channel (National Forecast, and Driving Outlook links in particular) to see what areas are potentially going to be hit while taking into consideration the route and expected destination of the load. Utilize transportation providers that have the size and scale to handle extra freight volume when capacity becomes scarce. Consider taking advantage of a broad selection of services in modes outside the one you’re accustomed to shipping in to secure more capacity. For example, if you normally are shipping bulk over the road, you may want to explore intermodal options. Provide as much lead time on loads as possible (especially during the Winter Season) so that all potential options can be explored. Get into a habit of close communication with your logistics providers. Exchange secondary contact information with your logistics provider and have your shipper/consignee do the same, in the event of a location shut down, vacation, or freight hold up. Odyssey will continue to monitor weather conditions and report updates as additional information is made available. If you have any questions or concerns, contact us here or call 1-885-412-0200.