While the United States Post Office has no official creed or motto, one phrase that is often attributed to letter-carriers is “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.”  That inscription is found on a post office in New York City, but locally, mail delivery has been somewhat challenging since Sunday’s massive storm followed by the extreme cold.

Local letter carriers may not be able to get to your mailbox if is plowed under, but if they are making their rounds on foot in town, U.S. Postal Service Gateway District spokeswoman Valerie Welsch says they have been trained on how to stay warm.

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While delivery in town has not been an issue in most places, the more rural communities have not been so lucky.  In many cases, mailboxes are inaccessible due to piles of snow around the mailboxes, in which case you may not get your mail until the letter carriers can get to the boxes safely.

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