- The United States Postal Service said it would suspend mail delivery in several states on Wednesday because of cold temperatures this week.
- He said about 100 areas in Michigan, Illinois, Nebraska, and more states would lose their regular delivery service on Wednesday.
- There is still no word on when deliveries can be resumed.
- The unofficial motto of the American Post Office says that snow will not stop you – nothing more.
The United States Postal Service said it would suspend mail delivery in some states on Wednesday because of the extreme cold of a polar vortex across much of the country this week that sent temperatures plunging to negative degrees.
"Meteorologists are warning of dangerously cold conditions in some parts of the country," the agency said in a press release late Tuesday. "Some places can see wind readings as low as 60 below zero."
He added that "because of this arctic outbreak and concerns about the safety of USPS employees, the Postal Service is suspending delivery" on Wednesday at several locations including Detroit, Chicago and various parts of Pennsylvania, Indiana, Nebraska and Ohio.
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It is unclear when deliveries will be resumed in those areas.
More than 220 million Americans will be forced to face sub-zero temperatures this week. The temperature in Chicago on Wednesday morning was about 29 degrees Celsius (minus 20 degrees Fahrenheit) below zero, according to the US National Weather Service, with the windchill extending even more to the negatives.
"It's cold, period," said the NWS office in Chicago, adding that it is rare to see temperatures so low.
In many places, it's just too cold for people to be out safely. The NWS, as well as other medical and meteorological officials, warned that the icy wind could cause hypothermia and freezing in minutes.
"You're talking about freezing and hypothermia problems very quickly, like in a matter of minutes, maybe seconds," said Brian Hurley, weather forecast center meteorologist at The Associated Press.
Thousands of flights were canceled in Chicago and other airports, and schools were closed in Chicago and parts of eastern Iowa on Wednesday, as well as closures in Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota.
Although it does not have a formal status, the American postal service has long been associated with the saying: "Neither the snow nor the rain nor the heat nor the twilight of the night prevents these post offices to end their rounds quickly."
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