Forecasts of freezing rain and icy roads and bridges have led to announcements of halts in service at ports from Virginia to Texas.
The Port of Virginia said its truck gates, empty container yards and rail operations would close from 5 p.m. today to 1 p.m. tomorrow, but that the schedule might be modified if conditions change.
Virginia’s Newport News Marine Terminal will close from 2 p.m. today until 8 a.m. The port authority said vessels on berth will work until 9 p.m., but most pier-side cargo operations are expected to be completed by 7 p.m. Vessel operations at Norfolk International Terminals and APM Terminals Portsmouth will resume at 1 p.m. tomorrow.
The port authority said weather is not forecast to have an impact on cargo operations at Virginia Inland Port in Front Royal, or the Port of Richmond.
The North Carolina State Ports Authority said its Wilmington and Morehead City terminals would be closed to port authority employees today but that tenants would have access.
The South Carolina Ports Authority said Charleston terminals would close from 3 p.m. today until 1 p.m. tomorrow but that the schedule might be altered if conditions changed.
The Port of Houston said its Bayport and Barbours Cut container terminals and its Turning Basin breakbulk terminals would be closed all day today.
The Port of New Orleans’ Napoleon Container Terminal is closed today, along with schools and most government offices in the area. Terminal operator Ports America said an update was expected this afternoon about tomorrow’s operations.
The Alabama Port Authority said its public seaport terminals were closed until further notice because worsening weather expected to bring freezing rain and ice, 20- to 30-knot winds, and 10-foot seas offshore. The port authority said vessel arrivals and departures wouldn’t be affected but that ice accumulations of up to three tenths of an inch would make roads and bridges hazardous.
The port authorities advised customers to check port websites for updates.