In some parts of snow-buried America, last-minute Christmas presents turn into early New Year’s presents.
A massive winter storm that blasted large parts of the US with brutal winter weather has forced shipping companies to ground planes, close packing facilities and keep trucks off the road. The dangerous storm, which led to at least 47 deaths nationwide, buried parts of western New York in up to 43 inches of snow. Thousands were without power over the Christmas weekend.
UPS said it had service outages in 898 ZIP codes in four states Monday, and FedEx continues 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 on its service alert website. Although UPS said contingency plans are in place to help packages arrive as quickly as possible, the company warned that service disruptions persisted.
“Significant weather events across multiple regions of the United States are impacting the UPS 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 Memphis and Indianapolis hubs would delay shipments across the United States. Like UPS, FedEx said it had 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 Friday that the winter storm disrupted operations in the final delivery days before Christmas.
The US Postal Service said dozens of post offices were temporarily closed by the storm, mostly across South Dakota and North Dakota, and a few in Nebraska, Minnesota and Iowa. It asked customers to clear snow and ice from sidewalks, stairs and mailboxes to help letter carriers deliver.
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.