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U.S. Postal Service prepares for winter weather

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The first significant snow of the season is expected to cause some transportation issues in and around the central and western parts of North Carolina.

Although there may be some delays in mail delivery, the Postal Service expects to make normal delivery to all residents.

The Postal Service is asking customers to help keep their letter carrier safe this winter through the following actions:

  • Customers are asked to clear enough snow from curbside boxes to allow mail trucks to approach the box, deliver the mail, and to drive away from the box without danger or the need for backing.
  • Walkways should be cleared of snow and ice and allow enough traction to avoid slips, trips or falls.
  • Steps should also be kept clear of ice and snow and in good repair so as not to cause injury to the letter carriers or others who visit the customer's home.
  • Overhangs should be clear and free of snow and ice to avoid injury.

Letter carriers are instructed to hold mail to addresses where ice and snow are not cleared. But many risk their safety in order to provide service to the customers. Postal carriers have suffered serious injuries related to slips, trips and falls during the past years due to icy and snow-covered walkways and porch steps.

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