MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The United States Postal Services says “neither snow nor rain nor heat” keeps them from delivering.

But extreme cold does.

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USPS announced Tuesday afternoon they are suspending mail deliveries Wednesday in Minnesota, western Wisconsin, Iowa and western Illinois. Pickups from businesses, residences and collection boxes are also suspended.

Carriers like Dave Mayou in Duluth will have the day off. He typically walks about seven miles each work day, no matter the weather.

All of Minnesota will have feel-like temperatures Wednesday morning ranging between minus-32 and minus-56 degrees. Frostbite can set in on exposed skin within five minutes of exposure.

Comments (19)
  1. Denise Fjeld Quinn says:

    The Alexandria office has to report to do some in-house work before they release us

  2. John E. Orlando says:

    Part of my career as a letter carrier was spent in Grand Rapids, Mn. Does anybody remember when the record low temp for the state of Minnesota on February 2, 1996, near Tower, Mn., was -60° air temp and -88° wind chill? We delivered the mail during that cold snap, and I was on a walking route. Cold is cold. You dress in layers and tough it out.

  3. Stu Pedasso says:

    Well, so much for “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.”

  4. Regis Frankfort says:

    I think everyone is over reacting. I’ve lived in Minnesota my whole life….Hey media people, It’s not that cold out, quit freaking out.