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Thread: Does the post office really deliver in the snow?

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    Super Member charmpacksplus's Avatar
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    Since I don't live in an area where it snows much, I don't know if the post office really delivers in snowed in places. I think if it snowed here in south Louisiana we would not get our mail delivered because no vehicles around here are equiped to drive on snow and ice. How is it where you are?

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    Yep they do here as long as the snow isn't too deep yet or (if it is really deep) has been plowed.

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    I live in northern,Wi-they deliver almost always-just later when roads are bad.But we get tons of snow and are prepared

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    Yes, unless the roads have not been cleared.

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    When it snows here, we only get bulk mail - like catalogs. If it is bad, we don't get regular mail for a few days. Really weird.

    The post office here says our town is a "rural route" so they can pretty much set their own rules. (Even though the population is well over 50,000 and there haven't been dirt roads "in town" for at least 15 years!) There is nothing rural about it! lol

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    Yes they do only don't come if main hwy is closed (not too often or poor visability in bad storms or freezing rain.I worked as a visiting nurse and in 2 years none of us missed work.We have snow for 5 to 6 months of the year!

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    Our PO have to deliver in some of the worst weather....fog, ice, deep snow......I would NOT want to drive for the PO, esp. in my area, narrow, hilly country roads.

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    As long as the roads aren't closed. If the roads into town are closed due to blowing and drifting snow then we don't get any mail brought in, therefore none to deliver. However, if it's in town it gets delivered. Sometimes it's 2pm (reg. del. time is 9:30am) but we still get it. Most truck drivers and mail carriers in Central Illinois are used to driving in the snow. LOL

    Now there was that time a few years ago when people didn't get their W2's because the mailman got tired of delivering and threw a couple of bags of mail into the river...... he doesn't work for the post office anymore.............

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    Yes and no if they can get up our steep hill yes if not no.

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    They are required to deliver the mail unless the roads are not passable. Safety is a high priority too. Mostly it just depends on whether or not they can succesfully navigate the roads based on the conditions.

    I have never heard of any office being able to make their own rules. Only the district is allowed to do that. Any boxes that the carrier is not able to deliver to must be reported to the district.

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    Freezing rain will stop our mail service, snow? not unless it is up in the mountains/rural roads :D:D:D

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    They deliver mail here in the snow.

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    I can't remember more than maybe a couple of days that they didn't deliver. When the weather is really crappy it does come later.

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    My neighbor is a postperson and she tells me that they don't have to if the sidewalks are not shoveled or there is no way to reach the mailbox. It makes sense.

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    Live on farm in Minnesota and they do not deliver if it snows. Sometimes we do not get mail for 4 days. We can get to town but no mail!

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    Yes!!! Living in Wi, we get lots of snow here. They always deliver. Otherwise it would be about 6 months that we wouldn't get our mail.

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    they aren't delivering much in England!! Snow can stop them if it's bad enough.

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    When I was in PLattsburgh, where it snowed a lot and we had real cold temperatures, we never missed our mail. They came no matter what. We are in NYC since July and on December 26 we had a large snow storm. It was Sunday. The next day everything was open except for the post office and the bank. The roads were messy but passable. No any other store was closed. We didn't get mail until Wednesday.

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    Our maillady doesn't come in the snow. We have lots of hills, curvy roads and no shoulders. We are about 35 miles outside St. Louis, I hear our roads are in better condition than the city streets.

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    In town, our mailman comes trudging by on foot in all weather. Pouring rain, snow, whatever. He is later some days but he is here.

    At my mom's in the country, he comes if the road has been plowed. She seldom misses mail even when it snows.

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    I always wondered about the motto.....

    "Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds."

    Turns out it's not really the motto of the USPS at all.

    http://www.infoplease.com/askeds/post-office-motto.html

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    I have family members who are letter carriers. They deliver in all weather despite road conditions. Icy walkways are about the only exception. Our mailman always delivers but we make sure to shovel out and snow blow out as best we can the mailbox. He does deliver to everyone, regardless of conditions, who has mail even if they haven't tried to clear out their mailbox. We do b/c DH works for the post office but not as a letter carrier.

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    Mine does.....but doesn't necessarily get the mail in the right box.... :roll:

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    Yes, the Post Office does really deliver in the snow.. but, its not the PO that does, its the letter carrier, who sacrifices so much in the cold, the wet, the dangerous, and most often times, unshoveled sidewalks, just to get us those special packages, or squishies! For 33 years, the man I married, delivered mail to our town, and in those 33 years, he missed ONLY 4 days of actual work due to sickness, or injury. Yep, you heard it.. He was bitten many times by dogs, ( and one cat ), he suffered deep injury to an ankle, when someones porch stair, covered with built up snow piles, decided to cave in, basically trapping his foot because he could not move.. He was unable to deliver mail for weeks due to that injury, yet, on crutches, in walking boot, rehab ect, he went to work to sit behind a dreaded desk, answering phone calls, doing hate paperwork.. Yet he never missed work in that incident. He really did deliver in our often times, below zero weather, and 2 or more feet of snow.. " Yes, Virginia, there is a hero " lol..

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    We live in a subdivision that is a rural route. If the main roads are clear, our mail is delivered....but we always clear the snow from the road in front of the mailbox so the mail person can easily drive up and deposit the mail. That's how much we like to get our mail and how much we respect our mail person.

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