USPS suspends services for upper Midwest but says Kansas, Missouri will have normal delivery

EDITOR’S NOTE: A previous version of this story reported that mail services would be suspended Wednesday in parts of Missouri and Kansas, based on a news release from the USPS. But the agency later changed its mind. As of 9:30 p.m., USPS said all residents in Missouri and Kansas will have normal mail delivery on Wednesday. 

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Normally, rain, ice and snow don’t stop the United States Postal Services’ mail carriers.

But sub-zero temperatures from a polar vortex do, and we can’t blame them for that, considering how cold it’s going to be Wednesday.

Mail delivery services through USPS in portions of the upper Midwest have been suspended on Wednesday.

USPS originally said services would be suspended in both Kansas and Missouri, but later corrected that information to say the suspension will only affect portions of Missouri and Kansas.

Just before 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, USPS clarified that the Kansas City metro on both sides of the state line will still receive normal mail delivery. Then at about 9:30 p.m., the agency said none of Kansas or Missouri will be impacted.

But in some parts of Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Nebraska, Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota, mail services will be suspended on Wednesday.

In those affected areas, the agency said mail and packages won’t be collected or delivered to businesses, collection boxes or residences.

Temperatures will drop below zero overnight Tuesday in the Kansas City metro and stay there into the morning Wednesday. That cold air combined with the wind will result in wind chills well below zero. Dangerous wind chills of -20 to -30 are expected.

It’s going to be even colder in the upper Midwest where wind chills could reach as low as -40 to -50.

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