In some parts of snow-covered America, last-minute Christmas gifts are turning into early New Year’s gifts.
A massive winter storm that blasted much of the United States with brutal winter weather forced shipping companies to ground planes, close shipping facilities and keep their trucks off the roads. The dangerous storm that led to at least 47 deaths across the country, buried parts of western New York in up to 43 inches of snow. Thousands were without power over the Christmas weekend.
UPS said there was service disruption in 898 zip codes in four states on Monday, and FedEx continued to expect delays throughout the day.
In Michigan, New York, Indiana and Ohio, UPS said it would not make pickups or deliveries in the hundreds of ZIP codes it listed in its service signals website. Although UPS said it has contingency plans in place to help packages arrive as quickly as possible, the company warned that service disruptions continue.
“Significant weather events in several regions of the U.S. are impacting UPS’s air and ground network, including UPS hubs in Louisville, Kentucky and Rockford, Illinois,” the company said in a statement. “As a result, some delivery and collection services in these areas will be affected.”
FedEx continued to warn that “significant disruptions” at its hubs in Memphis and Indianapolis would delay deliveries to the United States. Like UPS, FedEx said it has contingency plans in place to deliver packages on time. But the company said package delays would continue into Monday.
Amazon and the US Postal Service warned on Friday that the winter storm had disrupted operations in the final delivery days before Christmas.
The US Postal Service said there are dozens of post offices temporarily closed from the storm, mostly in South Dakota and North Dakota, and a few in Nebraska, Minnesota and Iowa. He asked customers to clear snow and ice from sidewalks, stairs and mailboxes to help couriers make deliveries.
Amazon also said it was forced to close some facilities because of the storm. It said employees at the facilities would be paid for the canceled shifts.
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